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How to Speak Like a Spirit Medium: Voice and Evidence in Australian Spiritualism

Tomlinson, Matthew


In the movement known as Spiritualism, successful performances of “mental mediumship” are rarely smooth. At services held by the Canberra Spiritualist Association, mediums attempt to provide evidence of life after death by describing a deceased person's character in ways recognizable to audience members. A medium's verbal performance de‐emphasizes heteroglossia while developing vivid spirit characters. Audience members sometimes do not understand or accept what the medium says, but small...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2019
Type: Journal article
Source: American Ethnologist
DOI: 10.1111/amet.12832


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