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Madness In Seventeenth-Century Autobiography

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Overview

Many early modern writers left accounts of their spiritual sufferings and convictions which deal in extremes of emotion and behavior—some identified by their contemporaries as mad, to be treated with medication, counseling, and confinement. Their writings give us a window into the hidden world of early modern madness from the point of view of the mad. How is madness experienced and treated, and how can it be recorded? How do religion, gender, and class inflect the processes of diagnosis and treatment? And what insights can the stories these writers tell give us into early modern culture?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403917652
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Series: Early Modern History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

KATHARINE HODGKIN teaches in the School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of East London, UK. She has published articles on various aspects of early modern cultural history, including gender, autobiography, madness, witchcraft and dreams, and co-edited with Susannah Radstone two volumes of essays on memory. She is currently preparing an edition of the writings of Dionys Fitzherbert.

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Table of Contents

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

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