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Madness in seventeenth-century autobiography [Elektronisk resurs] / Katharine Hodgkin.

Hodgkin, Katharine (författare)
ISBN 9780230626423
Publicerad: Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2006
Engelska 1 online resource (272 p.)
Serie: Early modern history : Society and culture
  • E-bok
Innehållsförteckning Sammanfattning Ämnesord
  • PART I: MADNESS, WRITING, HISTORY Introduction: Studying the History of Madness Writing the Mad Self PART II: EARLY MODERN MADNESS (i): THE DISORDERED MIND Being Mad: Melancholy, Distraction and Confusion of Mind Madness and the Feminine Doctors and Patients PART III: EARLY MODERN MADNESS (ii): RELIGION AND THE SELF The Christian Self: Problems of Hypocrisy and Despair Mad unto the World: Mid-Century Enthusiasm PART IV: MIND AND BODY: MADNESS AND THE SELF Inside and Outside: The Body and its Boundaries Beyond the Human Body Love and Power: The Self and Others Outward and Inward: The Self in Motion.
  • What did it mean to be mad in seventeenth-century England? This book uses vivid autobiographical accounts of mental disorder to explore the ways madness was identified and experienced from the inside, asking how certain people came to be defined as insane, and what we can learn from the accounts they wrote. -- What did it mean to be mad in seventeenth-century England? This book uses autobiographical accounts of mental disorder to explore the ways madness was identified and experienced from the inside. Looking at contemporary ideas about mental illness alongside a range of spiritual autobiographies from the period, it asks how some people came to be defined as insane when others with comparable symptoms were not, and what it meant to them. It engages with current debates about madness, gender, writing and the self, and investigates madness in relation to both culture and subjectivity. Three narratives are at the centre of the book, two by women and one by a man; all were written in the context of seventeenth-century spiritual autobiography, but where the typical spiritual autobiography is concerned with the relationship to God, these accounts also focus on the human, offering insights into less familiar aspects of early modern subjectivity. With their vivid and immediate descriptions of anxieties, delusions and desires, they illuminate not only madness in early modern culture, but also sanity, and demonstrate the fragility of the boundary between the two. 
  • '...a welcome, thought-provoking contribution to our understanding of the cultural history of madness...' - Elena Carrera Reviews in History 


Historiografi  (sao)
Socialhistoria  (sao)
Kulturhistoria  (sao)
Psykiska sjukdomar  (sao)
History.  (eflch)
Historiography  -- c 1600 to c 1700. (bicssc)
Social & cultural history  -- c 1600 to c 1700. (bicssc)
Historiography  (LCSH)
Mental illness  (LCSH)
Social history  (LCSH)


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