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Cultural Constructions of Madness in the Eighteenth Century deals with the (mis)representation of insanity through a substantial range of literary forms and figures from across the eighteenth century and beyond. Chapters cover the representation, distortion, sentimentalization and elevation of insanity, and such associated issues as gender, personal identity, and performance, in some of the best, as well as some of the least, known writers of the period. A selection of visual material, including works by Hogarth, Rowlandson, and Gillray, is also discussed. While primarily adopting a literary focus, the work is informed throughout by an alertness to significant issues of medical and psychiatric history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781403945952
ISBN-10: 1403945950
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Pages: 245
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Publish Date: 30-Nov-2004
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Allan Ingram

ALLAN INGRAM is Professor of English at the University of Northumbria, UK. He has published widely on eighteenth-century topics and has spoken, mainly on insanity, in various European countries and in North America. MICHELLE FAUBERT holds a doctorate on Romantic Madness from the University of Toronto, Canada. She has published on Byron, on Hopkins and on Hardy.

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