The Resource Love's madness : medicine, the novel, and female insanity, 1800-1865, Helen Small

Love's madness : medicine, the novel, and female insanity, 1800-1865, Helen Small

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Love's madness : medicine, the novel, and female insanity, 1800-1865
Title
Love's madness
Title remainder
medicine, the novel, and female insanity, 1800-1865
Statement of responsibility
Helen Small
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Love's Madness is an important new contribution to the interdisciplinary study of insanity. Focusing on the figure of the love-mad woman, Helen Small presents a significant reassessment of the ways in which British medical writers and novelists of the nineteenth century thought about madness, about femininity, and about narrative convention. At the centre of the book are studies of novels by Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott, Charlotte Bronte, Wilkie Collins, and Charles Dickens, but Small also brings out the historical and literary interest of hitherto neglected writings by Charles Maturin, Lady Caroline Lamb, Edward Bulwer-Lytton, and others
  • Stories about women who go mad when they lose their lovers were extraordinarily popular during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, attracting novelists, poets, dramatists, musicians, painters, and sculptors. The representative figure of madness ceased to be the madman in chains and became instead the woman whose insanity was an extension of her female condition. Love's Madness traces the fortunes of love-mad women in fiction and in medicine between about 1800 and 1865. In literary terms, these dates demarcate the period between the decline of sentimentalism and the emergence of sensation fiction. In medical terms, they mark out a key stage in the history of insanity, beginning with major reform initiatives and ending with the establishment in 1865 of the Medico-Psychological Association
  • This original and highly readable study challenges previous assumptions about the relationship between medicine and the novel. A major addition to nineteenth-century studies, it will be of interest to students and scholars of literature, feminism, social history, and the history of medicine
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Small, Helen
Dewey number
823/.809353
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR868.M46
LC item number
S63 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • English fiction
  • Literature and mental illness
  • Women and literature
  • Mentally ill women in literature
  • Loss (Psychology) in literature
  • Medicine in literature
  • Love in literature
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Love's madness : medicine, the novel, and female insanity, 1800-1865, Helen Small
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [221]-248) and index
Contents
1. Love's Madness -- 2. Love-Mad Women and the Rhetoric of Gentlemanly Medicine -- 3. Hyperbole and the Love-Mad Woman: George III, 'Rosa Matilda', and Jane Austen in 1811 -- 4. Love-Mad Women and Political Insurrection in Regency Fiction -- 5. The Hyena's Laughter: Lucretia and Jane Eyre -- 6. The Woman in White, Great Expectations, and the Limits of Medicine
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 260 p.
Isbn
9780198122739
Isbn Type
(cloth : acidfree paper)
Lccn
95033313
Other physical details
ill.
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  • (CaMWU)u973082-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AJP-6210
  • (OCoLC)32969803
Label
Love's madness : medicine, the novel, and female insanity, 1800-1865, Helen Small
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [221]-248) and index
Contents
1. Love's Madness -- 2. Love-Mad Women and the Rhetoric of Gentlemanly Medicine -- 3. Hyperbole and the Love-Mad Woman: George III, 'Rosa Matilda', and Jane Austen in 1811 -- 4. Love-Mad Women and Political Insurrection in Regency Fiction -- 5. The Hyena's Laughter: Lucretia and Jane Eyre -- 6. The Woman in White, Great Expectations, and the Limits of Medicine
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
x, 260 p.
Isbn
9780198122739
Isbn Type
(cloth : acidfree paper)
Lccn
95033313
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u973082-01umb_inst
  • (Sirsi) AJP-6210
  • (OCoLC)32969803

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