Nerves And Narratives

Nerves And Narratives

A Cultural History Of Hysteria In Nineteenth-century British Prose

eBook - 1997
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The British middle-class of the early 19th-century was defined by its nervous complaints - hysteria, hypochondria, vapours, melancholia and other maladies. This text explores the link between medical theories of nervous physiology and narrative issues central to the literary writing of the period. It examines the assumption, implicit in medical thinking at the time, that the nervous body - unlike its non-nervous counterpart - has a narrative inscribed on its nerve fibers. It becomes the body with a story to tell.
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, c1997.
ISBN: 9780585055213
Characteristics: xvii, 248 p. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: NetLibrary, Inc
Alternative Title: Nerves & narratives


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