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


The conclusion summarises the achievements of the study, and what it has revealed about the influence of material cultures of popular magic on Romanticism’s imaginative literature when read with the newly excavated evidence provided by social historians firmly in mind. It also provides a brief glimpse into how each writer represented magic in their later works. Thelwall’s deployment of the occult transformed into a new form that suited his newly forged identity of elocutionist, Wordsworth’s ‘Ecclesiastical Sonnets’ signalled a departure from magic as a socially levelling force and agent of social justice, Coleridge once again drew connotations between popular magic and unthinking radicalism in The Friend, and Southey continued to find the occult (both oriental, and domestic) irresistibly alluring in The Curse of Kehama.

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  • Stephanie Elizabeth Churms
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  1. 1.Independent ScholarSurreyUK

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