Neurology And Literature, 1860-1920

Hardcover | November 15, 2007

EditorJoseph Bristow

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The essays in this collection demonstrate how late-Victorian and Edwardian neurology and fiction shared common philosophical concerns and rhetorical strategies. Between 1860 and 1920, neurologists like Silas Weir Mitchell and Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote moving literature, while novelists like H.G. Wells and Wilkie Collins used fiction to dramatize neurological discoveries and their consequences. These six decades witnessed unprecedented interdisciplinary collaboration between scientists and artists, who found common ground in their shared ambivalence towards the prevailing intellectual climate of biological determinism.

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The essays in this collection demonstrate how late-Victorian and Edwardian neurology and fiction shared common philosophical concerns and rhetorical strategies. Between 1860 and 1920, neurologists like Silas Weir Mitchell and Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote moving literature, while novelists like H.G. Wells and Wilkie Collins used fiction ...

ANNE STILES is Assistant Professor of English at Washington State University in Pullman, USA, where she teaches Victorian literature. Her work has appeared in Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, Journal of the History of the Neurosciences and Nineteenth-Century Literature.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:November 15, 2007Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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List of Illustrations * Acknowledgements * Notes on Contributors * Introduction--A. Stiles * PART I: CATALYSTS * Howled Out of the Country: Wilkie Collins and H.G. Wells Retry David Ferrier--L. Otis * Our Lady of Darkness: Decadent Arts and the Magnetic Sleep of Magdeleine G.--D. LaCoss * PART II: DIAGNOSTIC CATEGORIES * How Do I Look? Dysmorphophobia and Obsession at the Fin de Siècle--A. Mangham * Doctor Zay and Dr. Mitchell: Elizabeth Stuart Phelps's Feminist Response to Mainstream Neurology--K. Swenson * PART III: SEX AND THE BRAIN * Trauma and Sexual Inversion, circa 1885: Dr. Holmes's A Mortal Antipathy and Maladies of Representation--R. Knoper * Singing the Body Electric: Nervous Music and Sexuality in Fin-de-Siècle Literature--J. Kennaway * PART IV: THE TRAUMATIZED BRAIN * Emergent Theories of Victorian Mind Shock: From War and Railway Accident to Nerves, Electricity and Emotion--J. Matus * Medical and Literary Discourses of Trauma in the Age of the American Civil War--M. Micale * Works Cited * Index