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Love's Madness: Medicine, the Novel, and Female Insanity, 1800-1865

Helen Small

Abstract

This book contributes to the interdisciplinary study of insanity. Focusing on the figure of the love-mad woman, the author presents a significant reassessment of the ways in which British medical writers and novelists of the nineteenth century thought about madness, about femininity, and about narrative convention. At the centre of the book are studies of novels by Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott, Charlotte Brontë, Wilkie Collins, and Charles Dickens, as well as insights into the historical and literary interest of hitherto neglected writings by Charles Maturin, Lady Caroline Lamb, Edward Bulwer ... More

Keywords: insanity, medicine, Jane Austen, Sir Walter Scott, Charlotte Brontë, Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens, Charles Maturin, Lady Caroline Lamb, Medico-Psychological Association

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198184911
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184911.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helen Small, author
University of Bristol