Mesmerized : Powers of Mind in Victorian Britain (Paperback)

Author: Winter, Alison

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Across Victorian Britain, apparently reasonable people twisted into bizarre postures, called out in unknown languages, and placidly bore assaults that should have caused unbearable pain all while they were mesmerized. Alison Winter's fascinating cultural history traces the history of mesmerism in Victorian society. Mesmerized is both a social history of the age and a lively exploration of the contested territory between science and pseudo -- science.

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Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226902234
SKU 30576913
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0226902234
Release Date 3/1/2000
Physical
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.75H x 5.75L x 1T
Praise
"Ms. Winter illuminates a strange phenomenon that, like a trance itself after awakening, had been all but forgotten."
"...Winter believes that [mesmerism] provides a forum for studying the way society was functioning and the assumptions it made....This is a large claim, but 'Mesmerised' is so fully illustrated and so well argued that it makes out a strong case."
"...[W]ith her insightful analysis, Winter makes a serious contribution to our understanding of Victorian life."
From the Publisher
Editors Note Across Victorian Britain, apparently reasonable people twisted into bizarre postures, called out in unknown languages, and placidly bore assaults that should have caused unbearable pain all while they were mesmerized. Alison Winter's fascinating cultural history traces the history of mesmerism in Victorian society. Mesmerized is both a social history of the age and a lively exploration of the contested territory between science and pseudo-science. ||"Dazzling. . . . This splendid book . . . gives us a new form of historical understanding and a model for open and imaginative reading."—James R. Kinkaid, Boston Globe||"A landmark in the history of science scholarship."—John Sutherland, The Independent||"It is difficult to imagine the documentary side of the story being better done than by Winter's well-researched and generously illustrated study. . . . She is a lively and keen observer; and her book is a pleasure to read purely for its range of material and wealth of detail. . . . Fruitful and suggestive."—Daniel Karlin, Times Literary Supplement||"An ambitious, sweeping and fascinating historical study. . . . Beautifully written, thoroughly researched, and well-illustrated."—Bernard Lightman, Washington Times
Editors Note 1 Across Victorian Britain, apparently reasonable people twisted into bizarre postures, called out in unknown languages, and placidly bore assaults that should have caused unbearable pain all while they were mesmerized. Alison Winter's fascinating cultural history traces the history of mesmerism in Victorian society. Mesmerized is both a social history of the age and a lively exploration of the contested territory between science and pseudo-science. "Dazzling. . . . This splendid book . . . gives us a new form of historical understanding and a model for open and imaginative reading."--James R. Kinkaid, Boston Globe"A landmark in the history of science scholarship."--John Sutherland, The Independent"It is difficult to imagine the documentary side of the story being better done than by Winter's well-researched and generously illustrated study. . . . She is a lively and keen observer; and her book is a pleasure to read purely for its range of material and wealth of detail. . . . Fruitful and suggestive."--Daniel Karlin, Times Literary Supplement"An ambitious, sweeping and fascinating historical study. . . . Beautifully written, thoroughly researched, and well-illustrated."--Bernard Lightman, Washington Times
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Book Format Paperback
Number of Pages 0480
Publisher University of Chicago Press
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