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포우 단편 소설에 나타난 동물 자력론
Animal Magnetism in Poe’s Short Stories

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Authors
신혜원
Issue Date
2016
Publisher
서울대학교 미국학연구소
Citation
미국학, Vol.39 No.2, pp. 43-68
Keywords
에드가 엘런 포우래기드 마운틴 이야기발드머 케이스에 관한 사실동물 자력론동물 정신상상력Edgar Allan PoeA Tale of the Ragged MountainsThe Facts in the Case of M. Valdemaranimal magnetismanimal spiritsimagination
Abstract
The idea of animal magnetism was invented by Franz Anton Mesmer, whose mesmerism was closely associated with animal spirits and galvanic electricity in the mind of nineteenth-century Americans. Connecting consciousness and the material body, the magnetic fluid in animal magnetism was known as the “unifying force” between the mind and the body. This essay examines “A Tale of the Ragged Mountains” (1850) and “The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar” (1845) with regard to Poe’s interest in animal magnetism, seen in the context of the scientific paradigm shift between animal spirits and animal electricity. Animal magnetism for Poe is another name for poetic imagination exalting the human soul. He envisions literature as a space comparable to the electromagnetic field, where any distinctions between doctor and patient, writer and reader, manipulator and manipulated are blurred, and the two sympathetic parties are connected by the universal fluid, that is, poetic imagination.
ISSN
1229-4381
Language
Korean
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/110089
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