​Modify My Disbelief: Mesmerism and Blind Sight​

Emily Ogden

University of Virginia

Emily Ogden is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Virginia. Her book, Credulity: A Cultural History of US Mesmerism, is forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press in spring 2018. Her essays have appeared in Critical Inquiry, American Literature, Early American Literature, and J19. Her next project concerns romance and superstition.


Emily Ogden’s paper considers the role fiction plays in testing the limits of human capacity. Ogden tells the story of Loraina Brackett, a blind woman who could see while in the mesmeric trance. During the first decade of US... [ view full abstract ]


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P67 » Other Humans (10:15 - Saturday, 24th March, Fiesta I-II)

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