Nervous Acts by G. S. Rousseau
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Nervous Acts
By G. S. Rousseau

Nervous Acts

Essays on Literature, Culture and Sensibility

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Nervous Acts by G. S. Rousseau

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These essays demonstrate the sweeping influence of the human nervous system on the rise of literature and sensibility in early modern Europe. The brain and nerves have usually been treated as narrow topics within the history of science and medicine. Now George Rousseau, an international authority on the relations of literature and medicine, demonstrates why a broader context is necessary. The nervous system was a crucial factor in the rise of recent civilization. More than any other body part, it holds the key to understanding how far back the strains and stresses of modern life - fatigue, depression, mental illness - extend.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781403934543
ISBN-10: 1403934541
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 140mm x 21mm)
Pages: 407
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 10-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Framing and Imagining Disease in Cultural History by G. S. Rousseau Framing and Imagining Disease in Cultural History, Hardback (June 2003)

This text extends the modern theory of the frame as an interpretative tool for understanding how society has dealt with sickness in previous eras. The book covers a wide range of canonical writers, across different countries and over a time span of five centuries.

Languages of Psyche by G. S. Rousseau Languages of Psyche, Paperback (January 1991)

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Author Biography - G. S. Rousseau

GEORGE S. ROUSSEAU is a Professor in the Modern History Research Unit at Oxford University and a Co-Director of the Oxford Centre for the History of Childhood. He has long been interested in the interface of culture and medicine and has written widely on the subject. His books include This Long Disease, My Life: Alexander Pope and the Sciences, The Languages of Psyche, Medicine and the Muses, Perilous Enlightenment, and Gout: The Patrician Malady.

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