The Sympathetic Medium in the TLS

The Sympathetic Medium: Feminine Channeling, the Occult, and Communication Technologies, 1859–1919 by Jill Galvan was reviewed in the March 4, 2011 issue of the TLS. Here’s an excerpt:

“Embracing telephonists, typists, and séance mediums, this ambitious and wide-ranging book examines the specifically feminine nature of their roles—or role, as Jill Galvan sees it—in transmitting information. For Galvan, relaying messages between living people, using technology, is akin to relaying messages from the dead by means of possession or automatic writing. It is a fertile idea that makes suggestive sense, particularly given what once seemed to be the overlap between spiritualism and early electronic media.”

The Sympathetic Medium in the TLS