Passion and Pathology in Victorian Fiction

Paperback | July 1, 2001

byJane Wood

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In what was once described as 'the century of nerves', a fascination with the mysterious processes governing physical and psychological states was shared by medical and fiction writers alike. This elegant study offers an integrated analysis of how medicine and literature figured the connectionbetween the body and the mind. Alongside detailed examinations of some of the century's most influential neurological and physiological theories, Jane Wood brings readings of both major and relatively neglected fictions - a range which includes work by Charlotte Bronte and George MacDonald, GeorgeEliot and Wilkie Collins, Thomas Hardy and George Gissing. Stepping into an already lively area of interdisciplinary debate, Passion and Pathology is distinguished by its recognition of the intellectual and imaginative force of both discourses: it extends our understanding of the interaction betweenscience and literature in the wider culture of the period.

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In what was once described as 'the century of nerves', a fascination with the mysterious processes governing physical and psychological states was shared by medical and fiction writers alike. This elegant study offers an integrated analysis of how medicine and literature figured the connectionbetween the body and the mind. Alongside de...

Jane Wood is at University of Leeds.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.55 inPublished:July 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199247137

ISBN - 13:9780199247134

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Introduction1. Nature's invalids: the medicalization of womanhood2. Nervous sensibility and ideals of manhood3. The 'unmapped country': physiology, consciousness, and the mysteries of the inner life4. New Woman and neurasthenia: nervous degeneration and the 1890sConclusionBibliographyIndex