Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

by Murphy, Kieran Marcellin, Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2009, 253; 3390789
Abstract (Summary)

From Plato's magnetic chain in Ion to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), magnetism has been associated with attempts to penetrate or convey the invisible. Elusive notions such as contagion, enthusiasm, interpretation, language, polarity, difference, life, death, magic, and attraction have repeatedly been linked to the contagious power and bipolar structure responsible for the attraction and repulsion of magnetic force. Through the use of the magnetic trope in Plato, Mozart, Schelling, Goethe, Mary Shelley, Poe, Balzac, Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, Joyce, Depestre, Derrida, and Nancy, this dissertation traces the deep epistemological and cultural impact of magnetism and the discovery of electromagnetism on modernity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Levy, Sydney, Rickels, Laurence
Commitee: Nesci, Catherine, Prieto, Eric
School: University of California, Santa Barbara
Department: Comparative Literature
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-A 71/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Comparative literature, Romance literature, American literature, British and Irish literature
Keywords: Balzac, Honore de, Derrida, Jacques, Electromagnetism, Joyce, James, Magnetism, Poe, Edgar Allen
Publication Number: 3390789
ISBN: 9781109609141
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