A study of mesmerism and the literature of the 19th century, with particular reference to Harriet Martineau

Hill, Christina Bernadette Thérèse (1975). A study of mesmerism and the literature of the 19th century, with particular reference to Harriet Martineau. University of Birmingham. M.A.

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This thesis studies the 19th century interest in Mesmerism, taking Harriet Martineau as a key figure.

The Introduction refers briefly to what i s meant by 'Mesmerism', and stresses the importance of Harriet Martineau in the 19th century. Chapter 1 consists of a short history of Mesmerism, followed in Chapter 2 by an account of Harriet Martineau' s medical history culminating in her 'cure' by Mesmerism. Chapter 3 discusses the events following that 'cure', and the reactions of contemporaries to it. Chapters 4 and 5 describe the influence of the mesmerist H. G. Atkinson upon Harriet Martineau and her work, followed in Chapter 6 by an annotated presentation and discussion of two stories by her, concerning mesmeric clairvoyance and taken from the Birmingham Collection of Martineau papers and correspondence . Some unpublished letters from the same collection are also used in the thesis. Chapter 7 describes the involvement of many notable 19th century figures in Mesmerism, and, finally, Chapter 8 is a discussion of the contemporary fictional use of Mesmerism as a literary theme.

Type of Work: Thesis (Masters by Research > M.A.)
Award Type: Masters by Research > M.A.
College/Faculty: Faculties (to 1997) > Faculty of Arts
School or Department: School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies, Department of English Literature
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/7316


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