Pamela E. Klassen
The Story of Radio Mind
A Missionary's Journey on Indigenous Land
University of Chicago Press 2018
New Books in American StudiesNew Books in Christian StudiesNew Books in CommunicationsNew Books in HistoryNew Books in Native American StudiesNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & SocietyNew Books in Religion & Faith December 24, 2018 Hilary Kaell
At the dawn of the radio age in the 1920s, Frederick Du Vernet—Anglican archbishop and self-declared scientist—announced a psychic channel by which minds could telepathically communicate across distance. Pamela E. Klassen retalls Du Vernet’s imaginative experiment in her newest book, The Story of Radio Mind: A Missionary’s Journey on Indigenous Land (University of Chicago Press, 2018). Following Du Vernet’s journey westward across Canada, Klassen examines how contests over the mediation of stories—via photography, maps, printing presses, and radio—reveal the spiritual work of colonial settlement.
Pamela Klassen is Professor in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto.
Hillary Kaell co-hosts NBIR and is Associate Professor of Religion at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.