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.
|Advisor:||Levy, Sydney, Rickels, Laurence|
|Commitee:||Nesci, Catherine, Prieto, Eric|
|School:||University of California, Santa Barbara|
|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|
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