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the act of inducing hypnosis

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In his next major work Osorio (1798), Coleridge did set out a social solution--again one that involved mesmerism. The play explores the way in which "wizardry" becomes a means of gaining power in a culture in which one social and ethnic group is subordinated to another.
Another theme deals with the mechanism of experimentation and assessment of therapeutics: sev eral papers show how these were stimulated by the confrontation with lay practices and heterodox theories, such as mesmerism or homeopathy; or in the XXth century, by the competition between clinical physicians and patented researchers in pharmaceutical laboratories (Sophie Chauveau).
These include but are not limited to Mesmerism, Swedenborgianism, Transcendentalism, Spirit Guides, New Thought, Christian Science, Theosophy, and Channeling.
It's also a return to his favorite era, a pre-World War II past when you could turn on a radio and hear Harry James, Glenn Miller or Duke Ellington, when office meetings took place in smoky bars and -- most crucially here -- when hypnotism and mesmerism were all the rage.
(Despite the fact that he has betrayed his and their professed principles time and again, criticism of him does not compute, testament to the man's mesmerism.)
His interest in psychology and the ancient art of mesmerism led the then penniless 21-year-old medical student to stage hypnotic demonstrations in Dublin to help earn his keep.
THIS ESSAY FOCUSES ON THE DEPOLITICIZING OVERLAP between abolition and the occult, between liberal concern for black bodies and popular interest in white souls.(1) From the mixture of religion, research in "animal magnetism," pseudoscience, and the occult that produces mesmerism and spiritualism, reformers discovered a new psychopolitical territory--the white unconscious.
Those who claim to use animal magnetism, also known as mesmerism, to elicit various physical cures and wild convulsions from their subjects actually exploit the awesome force of human imagination, the report concludes.
An African American medical student "passing" for white, Reuel demonstrates his alliance with James in that both are physicians at Harvard with special interests in mesmerism, metaphysical phenomena, and unusual states of consciousness.
Eddy's pupils had a tendency to want to set up their own shops, and Eddy dealt with these betrayals under the rubric of mesmerism (a.k.a.
Rosenberg has a go at the nineteenth century's (and Dickens's) interest in phrenology and mesmerism, but these assays are rather unconvincing in their tentativeness and brevity, and one gets the impression that the author is following such leads more from a sense of duty than excited conviction.
With mesmerism, a Thackeray-manque and various dubious goings-on above and below stairs, there's never a dull moment as Maggs imposes his will on a b ewildered cast of Dickensian characters.
From Jack Maggs it is possible to pick up a lot of rich street slang; gain insight into the middle-class yen for Mesmerism, animal magnetism and other forms of pseudoscience; learn how to wash and powder one's hair into the proper pomaded shape required of a footman; and acquire a sensitivity to the correlation between the plateware of a respectable house and the precise class status of those who rule as masters there.
Indeed, within the brief three pages of its opening chapter, "Old Moodie," the reader is introduced to a narrator, Miles Coverdale, who is named for the historical author of the first English Bible (1535); Zenobia, the novel's tragic heroine, who recalls a Queen of Palmyra (present-day Syria) in the third century; and a mysterious figure named the Veiled Lady, who addresses contemporary infatuations with the pseudo-science of mesmerism, the brain-child of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Viennese doctor, Franz Mesmer.
Some topics covered include supernatural Greenland in the Old Norse sagas, mesmerism and Victorian arctic exploration, Johannes KeplerAEs Somnium, Septentrio, and the writings of Hinrich Rink and Knud Rasmussen.