Lewis Carroll, Rev. Thomas Childe Barker and his daughter, May 1864
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A photograph of Augustine Gleizes from Medical Muses: Hysteria in Nineteenth-Century Paris by Asti Hustvedt
Through hypnosis, Jean-Martin Charcot sparked off different states in his patients like catalepsy, lethargy or somnambulism, up to cause artificial spasms by rubbing flexors. This photography shows his patient, Augustine, in a state of lethargy. The back muscles and those of the thighs and legs are contracted by friction; the rigid body placed between two chairs was holding the pose for several minutes.
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A Nun Surprising a Monk Kissing a Nun in a Church Interior by Richard Cosway, 1785-1800
Étienne-Jules Marey, Falling Cat, 1894
German inventor Joseph Faber’s Talking Machine, known as “Euphonia,” was able to speak sentences in a human if monotone voice. It is “… a speech synthesizer. By pumping air with the bellows … and manipulating a series of plates, chambers, and other apparatus (including an artificial tongue … )”
Anonymous photograph, Thomas Eakins carrying a woman, 1885. Via.
Someone travelled inside me, crossing from one side to the other. I have become his home. Outside, in the black landscape, someone is maintaining that they exist. From his gaze the circle closes around me. Traversed by him inwardly, encircled by him from without — that is my new situation. And I like it.
Unica Zürn, The Man of Jasmine: Impressions from a Mental Illness, 1967, translation by Malcolm Green. Via.
Marie De Régnier photographed by Pierre Louÿs
ca. 1896, post-mortem laureatus / Kimon Loghi
[“water massages as a treatment for ‘hysteria’ (c. 1860)”]
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