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That devil's trick: hypnotism and the Victorian popular imagination

Hughes, W (2015) That devil's trick: hypnotism and the Victorian popular imagination. Manchester University Press, Manchester. ISBN 9780719074837

Abstract

This book is the first study of nineteenth-century hypnotism based primarily on the popular - rather than medical - appreciation of the subject. Drawing on the reports of mesmerists, hypnotists, quack doctors and serious physicians printed in popular newspapers from the early years of the nineteenth century to the Victorian fin de siecle, the book provides an insight into how continental mesmerism was first understood in Britain, how a number of distinctively British varieties of mesmerism developed, and how these were continually debated in medical, moral and legal terms. Highly relevant to the study of the many authors - Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Bram Stoker and Conan Doyle among them - whose fiction was informed by the imagery of mesmerism.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2015 13:49
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2016 13:27
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