Professors, Charlatans, and Spiritists: The Stage Hypnotist in Late Nineteenth-Century English Literature

Juan Marcos Bonet Safont
2020 Culture & History Digital Journal  
In this paper I will explore the stereotype of the stage hypnotist in fiction literature through the analysis of the novellas Professor Fargo (1874) by Henry James (1843-1916) and Drink: A Love Story on a Great Question (1890) by Hall Caine (1853-1931). Both Professor Fargo and Drink form part of a literary subgenre referred to variously as "Hypnotic Fiction", "Trance Gothic" or "mesmeric texts". The objective of my research, which examines both the literary text itself and its historical and
more » ... ts historical and social context, is to offer new and interesting data that may contribute to the development of a poetics or theory of the literary subgenre of hypnotic fiction. In this sense, this article is an essential contribution to a broader analysis that I have been working on, focusing on highlighting the generic features of this type of literature by analysing the stereotypes of hypnotists in fiction.
doi:10.3989/chdj.2020.007 fatcat:6eyebfmwt5anrprcyzsu3qqrny