21 - th and 19 th centuries. Mesmerism associated with...

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10/21 Original title: Hollingsworth, 2 nd (working title) Veiled Lady Veiled Ladies o Femininity and Mesmerism Objectification of Priscilla through Zenobia Misogyny o The idea of the illusion through the “veil” Symbolic purpose of veil? Separation The veiled body of Priscilla underscores the irony in which she isolates herself from “society” but the veil allows her to “parade” her sexuality/femininity publicly Performance through Veil Deconstruction of reality through illusion Mesmerism : a process in which a practitioner hypnotized a subject and put her into a trance. This became popular form of therapy and entertainment in the 18
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Unformatted text preview: th and 19 th centuries. Mesmerism associated with seduction o Mysterious power o Ability for hypnotist to corrupt others, specifically through sexual means towards women Spiritualism : popular religious movement that encouraged individuals to speak directly to the spirit-world, by-passing scripturally based theology. Exploitation of spiritual powers Corruption of Zenobia by Hollingsworth o Priscilla will be corrupted by Hollingsworth too Culture of celebrity in society o Embodiment of fascination of ones private life o Interest in woman celebrities/singers Turns them into objects...
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