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By Stefan Andriopoulos

Silent cinema and contemporaneous literature explored topics of mesmerism, ownership, and the ominous enterprise of company our bodies that subsumed person identities. even as, critics accused movie itself of exerting a hypnotic effect over spellbound audiences. Stefan Andriopoulos exhibits that each one this nervousness over being ruled by way of an out of doors strength used to be no marginal oddity, yet fairly a pervasive problem within the past due 19th and early 20th centuries.            Tracing this preoccupation during the period’s films—as good as its criminal, scientific, and literary texts—Andriopoulos can pay specific awareness to the terrifying thought of homicide devoted opposed to one’s will. He returns us to a time while clinical researchers defined the hypnotized topic as a medium who might be forced to hold out violent crimes, and whilst movies just like the cupboard of Dr. Caligari and Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler famously portrayed the hypnotist’s doubtless limitless strength at the motion picture monitor. Juxtaposing those medicolegal and cinematic situations with modernist fiction, Andriopoulos additionally develops an cutting edge interpreting of Kafka’s novels, which middle at the merging of human and company bodies.            mixing theoretical sophistication with scrupulous archival examine and insightful movie research, Possessed provides a brand new size to our knowing of today’s anxieties concerning the onslaught of visible media and the increasing achieve of significant organisations that appear to soak up our personal identities. 

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