The Age of Hypochondria: Interpreting Romantic Health and Illness

Hardcover | May 15, 2010

byGeorge Grinnell

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Examining the ways in which hypochondria forms both a malady and a metaphor for a range of British Romantic writers, Grinnell contends that this is not one illness amongst many, but a disorder of the very ability to distinguish between illness and health, a malady of interpretation that mediates a broad spectrum of pressing cultural questions.

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Examining the ways in which hypochondria forms both a malady and a metaphor for a range of British Romantic writers, Grinnell contends that this is not one illness amongst many, but a disorder of the very ability to distinguish between illness and health, a malady of interpretation that mediates a broad spectrum of pressing cultural qu...

GEORGE GRINNELL is Assistant Professor in the Department of Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Canada, where he teaches Critical Theory and Romanticism. He has published articles and book chapters on Romantic-era medicalized discourse as well as biometrics and questions of terror in the period. 

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 8.79 × 5.79 × 0.7 inPublished:May 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230231454

ISBN - 13:9780230231450

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Interpreting Romantic Hypochondria
Occupation Hazard: Thomas Beddoes and the "great dark threat" of Romantic Medicine
Body Dysmorphic Disorder: The Self-Anatomy of Coleridge's Aesthetics
Phantom Memory: Nation and the Absent Body of Idealism in Mary Shelley's The Last Man
Multiple Personality: De Quincey's Political Economies of Infirmity
Performance Anxiety: Illness and The History of Mary Prince
Coda
Notes
Bibliography