Hysteria, Hypnotism, the Spirits and Pornography: Fin-de-Si_cle Cultural Discourses in the Decadent Rachilde

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This book explores the life and fiction of the French decadent writer Rachilde (pen name of Marguerite Eymery), using her as a case study to examine the impact late nineteenth-century theories about female hysteria, medical hypnotism, mediums, and spiritualism had on the female creative psyche. Rachilde was especially vulnerable as she suffered hysterical attacks, witnessed a hypnotism craze in France, and was the only child in a family of table-tapping spiritualists. After a biographical first section, chapters examine how ...

Hysteria, Hypnotism, the Spirits and Pornography: Fin-de-Si_cle Cultural Discourses in the Decadent Rachilde 2009, University of Delaware Press

ISBN-13: 9781611491241

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