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Author Grinnell, George C
Title The age of hypochondria [electronic resource] : interpreting Romantic health and illness / George C. Grinnell
Imprint Basingstoke, Hampshire [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010
book jacket
Descript xi, 202 p. : ill
Series Palgrave studies in the Enlightenment, romanticism and cultures of print
Palgrave studies in the Enlightenment, romanticism and cultures of print
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 191-198) and index
Introduction: Interpreting romantic hypochondria -- Occupational hazard: Beddoes and the "great dark threat" of romantic medicine -- Body dysmorphic disorder: the self-anatomy of Coleridge's aesthetics -- Phantom memory: nation and the absent body of idealism in Mary Shelley's Thelast man -- Multiple Personality: De Quincey's Political economies of infirmity -- Performance anxiety: illness and The History of Mary Prince
Electronic reproduction. Basingstoke, England : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. Mode of access:World Wide Web. System requirements: Web browser. Title from title screen (viewed on Sep. 27, 2010). Access may be restricted to users at subscribing institutions
What if the experience of hypochondria was not simply one of imagined infirmity? In an age inwhich health was increasingly policied in terms of moral as well as physical well-being, writers atthe turn of the nineteenth century viewed hypochondria as a malady and a metaphor for the difficulty of discerning health in the body. As a troubling laceration in normalizing efforts to determine the body as either ideally healthy or improperly sick, hypochondria mediated a range of social and political concerns and became a figure of interpretation for the ways in which the corporeal body elludesour efforts to know it. The Age of Hypochondria examines several episodes of hypochondria, in worksby Thomas Beddoes, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Mary Shelley, Thomas De Quincey and Mary Prince, in order to suggest why fictions of health - and obsessions with disease - may have become so pervasive inthe Romantic era
Link Print version: Grinnell, George C. Age of hypochondria. Basingstoke, Hampshire [England] ;New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2010 9780230231450 (DLC) 2010002686 (OCoLC)428030595
Subject English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Hypochondria in literature
Diseases in literature
Literature and medicine -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
Romanticism -- Great Britain
Hypochondriasis -- history -- Great Britain
History, 19th Century -- Great Britain
Medicine in Literature -- Great Britain
Electronic books. local
Alt Author Palgrave Connect (Online service)
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