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Further Reading

Belief in Ghosts

Bath, Jo, and John Newton, ‘"Sensible Proof of Spirits": Ghost Belief during the Later Seventeenth Century’, Folklore, 117.1 (2006), 1-14 

Davies, Owen, The Haunted: A Social History of Ghosts (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) 

Finucane, Ronald C., Appearances of the Dead: A Cultural History of Ghosts (London: Junction Books, 1982) 

–––– Ghosts: Appearances of the Dead & Cultural Transformation (Amherst, NY: Prometheus Books, 1996) 

Handley, Sasha, Visions of an Unseen World: Ghost Beliefs and Ghost Stories in Eighteenth-Century England (London: Pickering & Chatto, 2007) 

Marshall, Peter, Beliefs and the Dead in Reformation England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002) 

–––– Invisible Worlds: Death, Religion and the Supernatural in England, 1500-1700 (London: SPCK, 2017) 

McGill, Martha, Ghosts in Enlightenment Scotland (Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 2018) 

Oldridge, Darren, The Supernatural in Tudor and Stuart England (London: Routledge, 2016) 

Thomas, Keith, Religion and the Decline of Magic: Studies in Popular Beliefs in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century England (London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1971) 


Religion and the Supernatural

Anderson, Misty G., Imagining Methodism in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Enthusiasm, Belief, & the Borders of the Self (Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) 

Davies, Owen, ‘Methodism, the Clergy, and the Popular Belief in Witchcraft and Magic’, History, 82.266 (December 2002), 252-65 

–––– ‘Wesley’s Invisible World: Witchcraft and the Temperature of Preternatural Belief’, in Perfecting Perfection: Essays in Honour of Henry D. Rack, ed. by Robert Webster (Cambridge: The Lutterworth Press, 2015), pp. 147-72 

Fulton, John, ‘Clerics, Conjurors and Courtrooms: Witchcraft, Magic and Religion in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Ireland’ (unpublished doctoral thesis, Ulster University, 2016) 

Hempton, David, ‘Methodism in Irish Society, 1770-1830’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 36 (1986), 117-42 

‘John Wesley and Methodism’, In Our Time, BBC Radio 4, 10 December 2020 

Lewis, Simon, ‘Five Pounds for a Swadler’s Head’: The Cork Anti-Methodist Riots of 1749-50’, Historical Research, 94.263 (February 2021), 51-72 

Mack, Phyllis, Heart Religion in the British Enlightenment: Gender and Emotion in Early Modern Methodism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008) 

Young, Francis, English Catholics and the Supernatural, 1553-1829 (Farnham: Ashgate, 2013) 


Ghosts and Gender Attitudes

Gowing, Laura, ‘The Haunting of Susan Lay: Servants and Mistresses in Seventeenth-Century England’, Gender & History, 14.2 (August 2002), 183-201 

Pearson, Jacqueline, ‘’Then She Asked It, What Were Its Sisters Names?’: Reading Between the Lines in Seventeenth-Century Pamphlets of the Supernatural’, Seventeenth Century, 28.1 (March 2013), 63-78 

Sangha, Laura, ‘The Social, Personal, and Spiritual Dynamics of Ghost Stories in Early Modern England’, The Historical Journal, 63.2 (March 2020), 339-59 


Ghosts in Print and Art

Barry, Jonathan, ‘News from the Invisible World: The Publishing History of Tales of the Supernatural c. 1660-1832', in Cultures of Witchcraft in Europe from the Middle Ages to the Present, ed. by Jonathan Barry, Owen Davies and Cornelie Usborne (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), pp. 179-212 

–––– Raising Spirits: How a Conjuror’s Tale was Transmitted Across the Enlightenment (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) 

Clery, E. J., The Rise of Supernatural Fiction, 1762-1800 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995) 

‘Discovering Literature: Romantics & Victorians’ from the British Library, at 

Krysmanski, Bernd, ‘We See a Ghost: Hogarth’s Satire on Methodists and Connoisseurs’, The Art Bulletin, 80.2 (1998), 292-310 


Also see the Talis reading list for ‘The Supernatural in Early Modern Britain’ (HI2E5):

Sasha Handley, Visions of an Unseen World

Martha McGill, Ghosts in Enlightenment Scotland

Misty G. Anderson, Imagining Methodism in 18th-Century Britain

Phyllis Mack, Heart Religion in the British Enlightenment

E. J. Clery, The Rise of Supernatural Fiction