By: Tatar, Maria.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Princeton Legacy Library: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2015Description: 1 online resource (320 p.).ISBN: 9781400871377.Subject(s): Arts, Modern -- Psychological aspects | Mesmerism in literature | MesmerismGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Spellbound: Studies on Mesmerism and LiteratureDDC classification: 809.933 | 809.9331 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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CONTENTS; List of Illustrations ; Preface ; 1. From Mesmer to Freud: Animal Magnetism, Hypnosis, and Suggestion ; 2. Salvation by Electricity: Science, Poetry, and ""Naturphilosophie""; 3. Thunder.Lightning, and Electricity: Moments of Recognition in Heinrich von Kleist's Dramas ; 4. Blindness and Insight: Visionary Experience in the Tales of E.T.A Hoffmann ; 5. The Metaphysics of the Will: Voyeurs and Visionaries in Balzac's ""Comédie humaine"" ; 6. Masters and Slaves: The Creative Process in Hawthorne's Fiction
7. From Science Fiction to Psychoanalysis: Henry James's ""Bostonians,"" D.H. Lawrence's ""Women in Love,"" and Thomas Mann's ""Mario and the Magician""Appendix: Mesmer's Proposition ; Index
Franz Anton Mesmer's concept of animal magnetism exercised a profound influence on key European and American thinkers. Mesmer, who saw in his discovery the secret of health, had hoped to recover the harmony between man and nature by harnessing the power of magnetic fluids. In calling attention to the existence of a second self that surfaces in the hypnotic trance, Mesmer made his real contribution and took the first, decisive steps on the road leading to the unconscious. While most critical studies of mesmerism originate in the history of science or medicine, Maria Tatar's book takes a fresh
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