ISBN-10:
0226709647
ISBN-13:
9780226709642
Pub. Date:
07/28/2008
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth-Century American Culture

Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth-Century American Culture

by Benjamin Reiss

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ISBN-13: 9780226709642
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 07/28/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Benjamin Reiss is associate professor of English at Emory University and the author of The Showman and the Slave: Race, Death, and Memory in Barnum’s America.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
 
Introduction
Sanative Culture
 
Chapter One
Brothers and Sisters of Asylumia:
Literary Life in the New York State Lunatic Asylum
 
Chapter Two
Saneface Minstrelsy:
Blacking Up in the Asylum
 
Chapter Three
Bardolatry in Bedlam:
Shakespeare and Early Psychiatry
 
Chapter Four
Emerson’s Close Encounters with Madness
 
Chapter Five
What’s the Point of a Revolution?
Edgar Allan Poe and the Origins of the Asylum
 
Chapter Six
Out of the Attic:
Gender, Captivity, and Asylum Exposés
 
Epilogue
Echoes
 
Notes
 
Index

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