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The Re-Enchantment of the World:
Secular Magic in a Rational Age


Table of Contents


Joshua Landy & Michael Saler: “The Varieties of Modern Enchantment.”


1. Andrea Nightingale (Classics, Stanford): “Broken Knowledge.”

2. Linda Simon (English, Skidmore): “Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered: William James’s feeling of ‘if’.”

3. Michael Saler (History, UC Davis): “Waste Lands and Silly Valleys: Wittgenstein, Mass Culture, and Re-Enchantment.”

4. Robert Harrison (Italian, Stanford): "Transitory Gardens."

5. Maiken Umbach (History, U of Manchester; Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats ICRE):
“The Modernist Imagination of Place and the Politics of Regionalism: Puig i Cadafalch and early 20th-century Barcelona.”

6. Joshua Landy (French, Stanford): “Modern Magic: Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin and Stéphane Mallarmé.”

7. Robin Walz (U of Alaska): “The Rocambolesque and the Modern Enchantment of Popular Fiction.”

8. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (Comparative Literature, Stanford): “'Lost in Focused Intensity': Spectator Sports and Strategies of Reenchantment.”

9. Nicholas Paige (French, UC Berkeley): "Permanent Re-Enchantments: On Some Literary Uses of the Supernatural from Early Empiricism to Modern Aesthetics.”

10. D. Jiro Tanaka (German, Clark): “Gnosophilia: Bloch, Benjamin, and the Authority of Counter-Tradition.”

11. Dan Edelstein (French, Stanford): “The Birth of Ideology from the Spirit of Myth: Georges Sorel among the Idéologues.”

12. R. Lanier Anderson (Philosophy, Stanford): “Nietzsche on Redemption and Transfiguration.”


Michel Serres (Académie Française): “What Hearing Knows” [translated by Trina Marmarelli].

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