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Romanticism, medicine and the natural supernatural : transcendent vision and bodily spectres 1789-1852 /
Gavin Budge.
Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
viii, 295 p. ; 23 cm.
0230238467, 9780230238466
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Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
contents note
Introduction -- Radcliffe and the spectral scene of reading -- Erasmus Darwin and Wordsworth's poetics -- Indigestion and Coleridge's medical imagination -- Irritability and the politics of Deerbrook -- Slavery and mass society in Uncle Tom's cabin -- The hallucination of the real: pre-Raphaelite vision, democracy and masculinity -- Conclusion: nineteenth-century medicine and the genealogy of English studies.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 267-286) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Gavin Budge is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Hertfordshire, UK. He is the author of Charlotte M. Yonge: Religion, Feminism and Realism in the Victorian Novel (2007), and editor of a collection of essays, Romantic Empiricism: Poetics and the Philosophy of Common Sense (2007).
Bowker Data Service Summary
This interdisciplinary study explores spectral aspects of a range of 19th-century literature by using medical ideas of the period, and examines the relevance of medical ideas about spectres to Romanticism's preoccupation with visionary kinds of experience.
Main Description
Romanticism, Medicine and the Natural Supernatural explores the relationship between the Romantic preoccupation with visionary kinds of experience and early nineteenth-century medical theories of hallucination and the nerves, placing it in the context of accounts of perception in philosophical empiricism. Starting with an examination of Ann Radcliffe's Gothic narrative, and the canonical Romanticism of Wordsworth and Coleridge, the book goes on to examine the persistence of this medical topos of hallucination and the visionary in mid nineteenth-century writers influenced by Romanticism, such as Harriet Martineau and Harriet Beecher Stowe. The book concludes with a discussion of how the pathological language employed in early debates about Pre-Raphaelite painting reflects this Romantic conception of the interrelationship between nervous strain, hallucination and vision.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
Radcliffe and the Spectral Scene of Readingp. 27
Erasmus Darwin and Wordsworth's Poeticsp. 48
Indigestion and Coleridge's Medical Imaginationp. 77
Irritability and the Politics of Deerbrookp. 118
Slavery and Mass Society in Uncle Tom's Cabinp. 147
The Hallucination of the Real: Pre-Raphaelite Vision, Democracy and Masculinityp. 171
Conclusion: Nineteenth-Century Medicine and the Genealogy of English Studiesp. 199
Notesp. 206
Bibliographyp. 267
Indexp. 287
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