Insanity and the Lunatic Asylum in the Nineteenth Century

Insanity and the Lunatic Asylum in the Nineteenth Century

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The nineteenth-century asylum was the scene of both terrible abuses and significant advancements in treatment and care. The essays in this collection look at the asylum from the perspective of the place itself - its architecture, funding and purpose - and at the experience of those who were sent there.
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  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 16mm | 499g
  • Pickering & Chatto (Publishers) Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1848934521
  • 9781848934528
  • 2,140,176

Table of contents

Introduction - Serena Trowbridge and Thomas Knowles Part I: Literary 1 'Horrible Dens of Deception': Thomas Bakewell, Thomas Mulock and Anti-Asylum Sentiments, c.1815-58 - Rebecca Wynter 2 'This Most Noble of Disorders': Matilda Betham on the Reformation of the Madhouse - Elaine Bailey 3 The Legacy of Victorian Asylums in the Landscape of Contemporary British Literature - Thomas Knowles Part II: Quantitative 4 Building a Lunatic Asylum: 'A Question of Beer, Milk and the Irish' - Bernard Melling 5 'Just Can't Work Them Hard Enough': A Historical Bioarcheological Study of the Inmate Experience at the Oneida County Asylum - Shawn Phillips 6 'Always Remember that you are in your Senses': From Keeper to Attendant to Nurse - Claire Chatterton 7 'Atrophied', 'Engorged', 'Debauched': Muscle Wastage, Degenerate Mass and Moral Worth in the General Paralytic Patient - Jennifer Wallis Part III: Cultural 8 'Attitudes Passionelles': The Pornographic Spaces of the Salpetriere - Amanda Finelli 9 'The Poison that Upsets my Reason': Men, Madness and Drunkenness in the Victorian Period - Kostas Makras 10 'Madness and masculinity': Male Patients in London Asylums and Victorian Culture - Helen Goodman 11 'Straitjacket': A Confined History - Will Wiles
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'delivers with alacrity and aplomb. It was a pleasure to read' Mad, bad and desperate - crime and insanity in Victorian England
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About Serena Trowbridge

Thomas Knowles is based at the School of English, Nottingham Trent University. His research interests are varied and include Romanticism, Surrealism, Critical Theory, Victorian Literature, Science Fiction, the History Of Madness And Psychiatry, Imperialism, Empire and Postcolonial Studies. Serena Trowbridge is based in the School of English, Birmingham City University. Her research interests include nineteenth-century poetry, women's history and writing, Gothic literature, nineteenth-century Anglican theology, children's literature in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and Pre-Raphaelitism in art and literature.
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