Melancholy and Literary Biography, 1640-1816

Author: J. Darcy

Publisher: Springer


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 255

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This book traces the development of literary biography in the eighteenth century; how writers' melancholy was probed to explore the inner life. Case studies of a number of significant authors reveal the 1790s as a time of biographical experimentation. Reaction against philosophical biography led to a nineteenth-century taste for romanticized lives.

A Mad People’s History of Madness

Author: Dale Peterson

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press


Category: Psychology

Page: 384

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A man desperately tries to keep his pact with the Devil, a woman is imprisoned in an insane asylum by her husband because of religious differences, and, on the testimony of a mere stranger, “a London citizen” is sentenced to a private madhouse. This anthology of writings by mad and allegedly mad people is a comprehensive overview of the history of mental illness for the past five hundred years-from the viewpoint of the patients themselves. Dale Peterson has compiled twenty-seven selections dating from 1436 through 1976. He prefaces each excerpt with biographical information about the writer. Peterson's running commentary explains the national differences in mental health care and the historical changes that have take place in symptoms and treatment. He traces the development of the private madhouse system in England and the state-run asylum system in the United States. Included is the first comprehensive bibliography of writings by the mentally ill.

Romanticism and Slave Narratives

Transatlantic Testimonies

Author: Helen Thomas

Publisher: Cambridge University Press


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 332

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The first major attempt to relate canonical Romantic texts to writings of the African diaspora.

The Quarterly Review

Author: William Gifford



Category: English literature


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