Mesmerism and the End of the Enlightenment in France
By (author) Robert Darnton
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Mesmerism and the End of the Enlightenment in France by Robert Darnton
Book DescriptionEarly in 1788, Franz Anton Mesmer, a Viennese physician, arrived in Paris and began to promulgate a somewhat exotic theory of healing that almost immediately seized the imagination of the general populace. Robert Darnton, in his lively study of mesmerism and its relation to eighteenth-century radical political thought and popular scientific notions, provides a useful contribution to the study of popular culture and the manner in which ideas are diffused down through various social levels.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780674569515
(216mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1986
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert Darnton
Knowledge Unbound, Paperback (May 2016)
Selection of writings, mostly from the author's SPARC open access newsletter.
Censors at Work, Paperback (September 2015)
"Splendid... [Darnton gives] us vivid, hard-won detail, illuminating narrative, and subtle, original insight."-Timothy Garton Ash, New York Review of Books
Poetry and the Police, Paperback (September 2012)
In 1749, Francois Bonis, a medical student in Paris, found himself hauled off to the Bastille for distributing an abominable poem about the king. So began the Affair of the Fourteen, a police crackdown on ordinary citizens for unauthorized poetry recitals. Why was the official response to these poems so intense? This book deals with this topic.
Corpus of Clandestine Literature in France, 1769-1789, Paperback (April 2012)» View all books by Robert Darnton
Having thoroughly mined the sources, Darnton provides a trove of information on the illegal literature of Old Regime France. The result is an invaluable resource to specialists in French cultural history, the history of the book, the social history of ideas, and problems of censorship and state control of ideas.
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Author Biography - Robert Darnton
Robert Darnton is Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian at Harvard University.
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