That Devil's Trick: Hypnotism and the Victorian Popular Imagination (Hardback)
  • That Devil's Trick: Hypnotism and the Victorian Popular Imagination (Hardback)
zoom

That Devil's Trick: Hypnotism and the Victorian Popular Imagination (Hardback)

(author)
£80.00
Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 31/01/2015
  • We can order this from the publisher

Usually dispatched within 10 working days

  • This item has been added to your basket

That devil's trick 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, That devil's trick will be an essential resource for anybody with an interest in the popular and literary culture of the nineteenth century, including literary scholars, medical historians and the general reader.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9780719074837
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'That Devil's Trick makes a valuable contribution to the history of nineteenth-century mesmerism and medicine. In focussing on the non-medical press, Hughes has greatly expanded our appreciation of both the range and longevity of contemporary debates on mesmerism. In doing so, he presents us with a rich and nuanced history of a pseudoscience that, for all its fluidity, ultimately remained fixed at the fringes of medical respectability.'
Karl Bell, University of Portsmouth

'I would thoroughly recommend the book to anyone working in this area since Hughes's new research method has uncovered a host of original new materials and done a massive job of synthesis. He is to be commended for a serious and weighty volume of research that nuances our understanding of this aspect of nineteenth-century culture.'
Roger Luckhurst, Birkbeck, University of London, Victorian Studies (issue 60.1) Autumn 2017

-- .

You may also be interested in...

Lady Audley's Secret
Added to basket
Leaves of Grass
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Great Expectations
Added to basket
Germinal
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Nicholas Nickleby
Added to basket
Little Women
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
The Idiot
Added to basket
Emma
Added to basket
£4.99
Paperback
Devils
Added to basket
£9.99
Paperback
Moby Dick
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
Selected Poems
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Ivanhoe
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
The Portable Edgar Allan Poe
Added to basket
Walden
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.