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In line with the opening of a transnational perspective, these texts utilize the multiple times of their narration and reading--the eighteenth-century simulation and praeternatural time of Mason & Dixon and the biblical and Convent time of Paradise--to highlight the practice of reading as an interpretative ethics linked to the opening of new spaces.
The term "preternatural," he reminds us, is a "good Coleridgean word" (91), one of the two essays Coleridge intended to annex to Christabel being "`on the Praeternatural.
He chose to look at what he called spontaneous praeternatural experiences, a term which he applied to mystical, visionary, and remote perception experiences considered collectively.