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Magic, Astrology, and Alchymy

Edward William Lane and Jason Thompson

in An Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2015
ISBN:
9789774165603
eISBN:
9781617975516
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
American University in Cairo Press
DOI:
10.5743/cairo/9789774165603.003.0012
Subject:
Society and Culture, Middle Eastern Studies

This chapter opens with an explanation of the distinction held by learned Muslims between “spiritual” magic, effected by angels and jinn, and “natural” or “deceptive magic,” induced by drugs or ... More


Grabbing Attention: Making Good with the Distracted Audience

David Monod

in Vaudeville and the Making of Modern Entertainment, 1890-1925

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781469660554
eISBN:
9781469660578
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469660554.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

Vaudeville was a modern entertainment, which meant that it treated its audience as people exposed to the pressures and pleasures of modern life. Vaudevillians presumed that spectators were tired and ... More


Posthumanist Magic: Beyond the Boundaries of Humanist Ethics in Lev Grossman’s The Magicians

Tony M. Vinci

in Posthumanism in Young Adult Fiction: Finding Humanity in a Posthuman World

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781496816696
eISBN:
9781496816733
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496816696.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

Tony Vinci explains how Lev Grossman’s The Magicians suggests a new way of reading YA fantasy, not just as a privileged anthropocentric human reading escapist literature, reifying the boundary ... More


The Third Reich’s War on the Occult: Anti-Occultism, Hitler’s Magicians’ Controversy, and the Hess Action

Eric Kurlander

in Hitler's Monsters: A Supernatural History of the Third Reich

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780300189452
eISBN:
9780300190373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300189452.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter examines the regime's policies toward occultists in the early to middle years of the Third Reich, including ‘Hitler's Magicians' Controversy’ — a debate over whether to allow ... More


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