Sleep Fictions: A Digital Companion


This story suggest that---as with the drugging victimization amidst the white slavery epidemic in which young women were coerced into sexual submission through the inducement of as sleep state---hypnotism was another concern that caused anxiety, particularly among women writers, about the vulnerabilities of a somnambulant or comatose female body. 

Pauline Hopkin's 1902 novel Of One Blood: Or, the Hidden Self provides a much more compelling and dramatic rendering of a young woman who falls victim to mesmerism (as well as forced sedation). Most significantly, it counters Gilman's assumption (or willing ignorance) that only white women were in danger of involuntary sleep and sexual enslavement.

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