• Stephanie Elizabeth Churms
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the Enlightenment, Romanticism and Cultures of Print book series (PERCP)


My introductory chapter profiles the literary contours of the study, and the existing body of critical work that explores the relationship between Romanticism and economies of popular magic (as distinct from wider occult cultures; occult philosophy, alchemy, hermetic societies, mesmerism or stage illusion). The chapter explains the importance of carefully attuning this study to the work of social historians in order to identify those figures and practices that Romantic Studies has (wrongly) presumed no longer existed and provide a new context for the readings of 1790s literary and political culture that follow.

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  • Stephanie Elizabeth Churms
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarSurreyUK

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