1779 - 1930
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Adam Matthew
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The Victorian Popular Culture portal contains a wide range of source material relating to popular entertainment in America, Britain and Europe in the period from 1779 to 1930, and shows how interconnected these worlds were. Module 1: Spiritualism, Sensation and Magic explores the relationship between the popularity of Victorian magic shows and conjuring tricks and the emergence of séances and psychic phenomena in Britain and America. The late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw an explosion of interest in the occult, and the foundation of a new religious movement, Spiritualism. The main contributing archives to this collection were the Harry Price Library of Magical Literature at Senate House, University of London and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin.