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Figuring madness in nineteenth-century fiction

by Chris Wiesenthal

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Published by St. Martin"s Press in New York .
Written in

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  • English-speaking countries.
    • Subjects:
    • English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.,
    • Literature and mental illness -- English-speaking countries.,
    • Psychoanalysis and literature -- English-speaking countries.,
    • American fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.,
    • Psychological fiction, American -- History and criticism.,
    • Psychological fiction, English -- History and criticism.,
    • Mental illness in literature.,
    • Mentally ill in literature.

    • Edition Notes

      Includes bibliographical references (p. 190-198) and index.

      StatementChris Wiesenthal.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsPR868.M46 W54 1997
      The Physical Object
      Paginationx, 202 p. ;
      Number of Pages202
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL660459M
      ISBN 100333634667, 0312174950
      LC Control Number97005837

        This book was referenced by the author of "Shutter Island". It tells the history of mental treatment in America from the Quakers who tried to cure madness with gentle treatment to the drugs prescribed today. Some of it is frightening and terrible. Towards the end the author focused solely on schizophrenia and the drugs used to treat it/5(). Duality and the divided mind have been a source of perennial fascination for literary artists and especially for novelists, and this is particularly true of the Romantic generation and their later nineteenth-century heirs. This book deals with the double, or Doppelgnger, as a dominant theme in the fiction of the period, and with its relation to the problem of evil.

      About the Book An obsession with individual identity pervaded Western thinking in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This critical study examines the concept of identity in the works of nineteenth century American and British authors, focusing especially on psychologically mad, vague, shifting and dualistic characterization.   Early in the nineteenth century, many still had recourse to various forms of mechanical restraint, as this illustration from the French alienist J.E.D. Esquirol vividly shows. Later, many asylum doctors sought to distance themselves from such devices, proclaiming that they could manage the mad through moral suasion alone.

      The Most Dreadful Visitation: Male Madness in Victorian Fiction Valerie Pedlar Victorian literature is rife with scenes of madness, with mental disorder functioning as everything from a simple plot device to a commentary on the foundations of Victorian society.   Journal of Social History Gonaver's monograph is a truly illuminating addition to canons of American medical history and racialized society, one that will inspire and fascinate students and scholars of slavery and madness in the nineteenth century Journal of the Civil War EraReviews: 3.


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