Emotions and the Making of Psychiatric Reform in Britain, 1770-1820

  • Mark Neuendorf
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This book explores the ways which people navigated the emotions provoked by the mad in Britain across the long eighteenth century. Building upon recent advances in the historical study of emotions, it plots the evolution of attitudes towards insanity, and considers how shifting emotional norms influenced the development of a 'humanitarian' temperament, which drove the earliest movements for psychiatric reform in England and Scotland. Reacting to a 'culture of sensibility', which encouraged tears at the sight of tender suffering, early asylum reformers chose instead to express their humanity through unflinching resolve, charging into madhouses to contemplate scenes of misery usually hidden from public view, and confronting the authorities that enabled neglect to flourish. This intervention required careful emotional management, which is documented comprehensively here for the first time. Drawing upon a wide array of medical and literary sources, this book provides invaluable insights into pre-modern attitudes towards insanity.
1. Introduction: The History of Emotions and Britain's 'Age of Reform'2. 'A Sight for Pity to Peruse': The Spectacle of Madness in the Culture of Sensibility3. Inviolable Beauty: The Madwoman in the Sentimental Age4. A 'Forcible Appeal to Humanity': Sympathising with the Insane in the Romantic Age5. Spectacles 'Too Shocking for Description': Sensational Bodies and Humanitarian Rhetoric in Early-Nineteenth-Century Britain6. Emotions, 'Public Spirit' and the Makings of an Asylum Revolution7. Conclusion: 'An Active Spirit of Humanity'? Emotions and the History of Lunacy Reform.
Uitgavejaar 2021
ISBN 9783030843557
Serie Palgrave Studies in the History of Emotions
Verschijningsdatum 24 okt. 2021
Editie 1st ed. 2021
Auteur(s) Mark Neuendorf
Bindwijze Gebonden
Taal Engels
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