"The Trance of the Ecstatica": Margaret Fuller, Animal Magnetism, and the Transcendent Female Body

@article{Manson2006TheTO,
  title={"The Trance of the Ecstatica": Margaret Fuller, Animal Magnetism, and the Transcendent Female Body},
  author={Deborah Manson},
  journal={Literature and Medicine},
  year={2006},
  volume={25},
  pages={298 - 324}
}
  • Deborah Manson
  • Published 2006
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Literature and Medicine
  • In Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1845), the American feminist Margaret Fuller promoted the "magnetic" element of the woman as a source of liberation and empowerment. During the time that she was composing this work, animal magnetism, or mesmerism, was a popular form of medical treatment in America and Europe. Fuller suffered chronic pain from intense headaches and spinal curvature, and her letters and essays indicate that she found relief in magnetic treatments at a time when women were… CONTINUE READING
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