Thesis ID: CBB001567459

From Mars to Oprah: Cryptomnesia as Hidden Memory and Unconscious Plagiarism (2013)


Walsh, Kira Marie (Author)

Wilson, Elizabeth
Emory University
Gilman, Sander L.
Otis, Laura
Wilson, Elizabeth
Otis, Laura

Publication Date: 2013
Edition Details: Advisor: Gilman, Sander L; Committee Members: Otis, Laura, Wilson, Elizabeth.
Physical Details: 161 pp.
Language: English

From Mars to Oprah: Cryptomnesia as Hidden Memory and Unconscious Plagiarism is a cultural history of the concept of cryptomnesia through a series of case studies from 1891-2006. Cryptomnesia, literally hidden memory was originally used to describe creative reinterpretations of forgotten memories by Spiritualist mediums (i.e., that reported encounters with the supernatural were everyday experiences remembered out of context and attributed to the fantastic). In experimental psychology and literary criticism, cryptomnesia has come to be used almost exclusively to mean unconscious or accidental plagiarism. I argue that the narrowing definition of cryptomnesia from the strange, ghostly, and creative realms of hidden memory towards the more prescriptive and ethically charged accidental plagiarism is reflective of a cultural resistance towards unconscious explanations of mental processes.


Description Cited in Dissertation Abstracts International-A 74/11(E), May 2014. Proquest Document ID: 1427862758. “A cultural history of the concept of cryptomnesia through a series of case studies from 1891--2006.” (from the abstract)

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Authors & Contributors
Leporiere, Lorenzo
Alvarado, Carlos S.
Turbil, Cristiano
David Armando
Pierroberto Scaramella
Kyle Falcon
History of Psychiatry
Science in Context
Science as Culture
Religion and American Culture: A Journal of Interpretation
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
History of the Human Sciences
Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura
University of North Carolina Press
MIT Press
Manchester University Press
Duke University Press
Ashgate Publishing
Occult sciences
Medicine and religion
Parapsychology; psychic phenomena
Flammarion, Camille
Schelling, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph von
Romanes, George John
Palladino, Eusapia
Mesmer, Franz Anton
Janet, Pierre
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
Naples (Italy)
United States

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