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1. Mayson, Judith. Constructing the Fox Sisters: Examining the facticity of events surrounding the originators of Modern Spiritualism.

Degree: 2009, University of Edinburgh

This paper uses discourse analysis to examine the different rhetorical strategies that are used to promote the factual nature of three events relating to the Fox sisters. A large sample of written data is analysed to establish themes that present the events as factual representations of what actually occurred in the 19th century. How these accounts are presented helps to gain understanding of how the Fox sisters reputation has survived, despite exposure and confessions that could function to discredit the authenticity of their ability to communicate with the deceased. Analysis will reveal issues relating to accountability, scepticism, warranting how rigorous investigation is conducted, and negotiating credibility. Reasons for how the Fox sisters are still synonymous with the origins of spiritual communication will include the wider picture of questioning the authenticity of the Modern Spiritualist religious movement as a whole. Advisors/Committee Members: Lamont, Peter.

Subjects/Keywords: Fox Sisters, Facticity; Discourse Analysis

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APA (6th Edition):

Mayson, J. (2009). Constructing the Fox Sisters: Examining the facticity of events surrounding the originators of Modern Spiritualism. (Thesis). University of Edinburgh. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1842/3611

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Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Mayson, Judith. “Constructing the Fox Sisters: Examining the facticity of events surrounding the originators of Modern Spiritualism.” 2009. Thesis, University of Edinburgh. Accessed April 01, 2020. http://hdl.handle.net/1842/3611.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Mayson, Judith. “Constructing the Fox Sisters: Examining the facticity of events surrounding the originators of Modern Spiritualism.” 2009. Web. 01 Apr 2020.

Vancouver:

Mayson J. Constructing the Fox Sisters: Examining the facticity of events surrounding the originators of Modern Spiritualism. [Internet] [Thesis]. University of Edinburgh; 2009. [cited 2020 Apr 01]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1842/3611.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Mayson J. Constructing the Fox Sisters: Examining the facticity of events surrounding the originators of Modern Spiritualism. [Thesis]. University of Edinburgh; 2009. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1842/3611

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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