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    Doyles embrace of spiritualism has often perplexed biographers and critics, partly because, as Diana Barsham notes, it was at odds with the rationality paradigm of post-Enlightenment masculinity (Barsham 245). However, Doyles writings between The Final Problem and The Hound of the Baskervilles show not so much a break from rationalism as an attempt to accommodate the strictures of science to the possibility of apprehending spirit as a phenomenal entity rather than a noumenon of abstract faith. In his stories of haunted houses, of artefacts imbued with telepathic energies and of ancient hermetic science, Doyle develops a mode of gothic materialism in which he repeatedly returns to the contradictions between naturalism and spiritualism in order to work through them by way of a primitive Other.

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