Thus, the French Revolution is here regarded as being a "mesmerisation" (a steeping into illusion) of France and of Europe: it was triggered and governed precisely by what Christianity called evil or Satan, or what mesmerism
called a "primitive and elemental force" (The spirit rapper, chap.
Unchallenged in their one-way optical relationship with sleep, Dickens's sleep-watchers thus bask in the "fantasy of power over the body" that Steven Connor associates with the hypnotist's gaze in the culture of Victorian mesmerism
Human radiations: Concepts of force in mesmerism
, spiritualism and psychical research.
Mediumship, psychical research, dissociation, and the powers of the subconscious mind/ Medialitat, psychische forschung, dissoziation und die krafte der unterbewussten psyche/ Mediumnidad, investigacion psiquica, disociacion, y poderes de la mente subconsciente/ Mediumnite, recherche psychique, dissociation, et les pouvoirs de l'esprit subconscient
We are struck by their commitment to pseudosciences, such as mesmerism
and phrenology, but their careers are a good reminder that it has always been difficult to separate real science from pseudo-science in flee-wheeling America.
The reader learns details of Maggs's life from the autobiography he writes for Henry Phipps and, almost simultaneously, watches Oates learn most of those details through the sessions of mesmerism
Margaret Oakes Smith believed that mesmerism
enabled access to a vision of liberated femininity that was essential to feminist politics; Mary Clemmer suggests that "language" can be "turned and intensified to figure forth the sensuous sour," thereby enabling a "transformative movement between vision and reality" (125); and the image of the Indian pipe in Pauline Hopkins's Winona expresses "black femininity through the play of spirit and matter" (165).
Far from rejecting science as a whole, these figures sought to link "scientific revolution" to race revolution by incorporating phrenology, mesmerism
, physiology, and other fields of popular science into their acts and lectures.
Braid reexamined Mesmer's process and found that suggestion alone was just as effective as mesmerism
The texts examined in Chapter 3, "Strange Forces: Exploring the Limits of Science" present alternative routes to individual and social betterment: Theosophy, Magnetism, Spiritism, Mesmerism
and other noncanonical belief systems, because they were imported from Europe, enjoyed an aura of credibility and even prestige in some Latin American circles.
Songs never get more graceful than the reflective repose Only Me - songwriting at its understated brilliance - and the gently rolling glory of Elizabeth through to the swirling mesmerism
of Follow The Road.
In her second chapter Garrison goes on to look at the uses of mesmerism
and spiritualism ('magnetic sciences') within sensation novels.
This is especially heartening because American consciousness is enveloped in the mesmerism
of false consciousness regarding fundamental issues of class, social policy, economy, and race.