Note: phantasmagoria

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The Last Man, Edited by Steven E. Jones

The phantasmagoria or magic lantern show was a common attraction in early nineteenth-century London. Like other diversions of popular culture at the time--the panorama, diorama, and transparency, and (arguably) much contemporary drama--it exploited a taste for sensory stimulation and optical special effects based on technology, often in conjunction with sentimental or gothic themes.

Published @ RC

October 1997