Cultural Constructions of Madness in Eighteenth-Century by Allan Ingram;Michelle Faubert

By Allan Ingram;Michelle Faubert

This paintings bargains with the (mis)representation of madness via a considerable diversity of literary types and figures from around the eighteenth century and past. Chapters hide the illustration, distortion, sentimentalization and elevation of madness, and such linked concerns as gender, own id, and function, in the very best and least identified writers of the interval. a range of visible fabric, together with works by means of Hogarth, Rowlandson, and Gillray, is additionally mentioned. whereas basically adopting a literary concentration, the paintings is educated all through by means of an alertness to major problems with scientific and psychiatric background.

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22. Ward, p. 55. 23. Ward, p. 55. 24. Ward, p. 56. 25. Ward, p. 56. 26. Ward, p. 57. 27. Ward, p. 57. 28. Ward, p. 57. 29. Edward Young, Conjectures on Original Composition (1759), quoted in Ricardo Quintana, Swift: An Introduction, London: Oxford University Press, 1955 (1962 edn), p. 3. 30. Samuel Johnson, Lives of the English Poets, London: Oxford University Press, 2 vols, 1906 (1967 edn), II, 209. Following quotation also p. 209. 31. See the discussion in Irvin Ehrenpreis, Swift: The Man, His Works, and The Age, 3 vols, London: Methuen, 1983, III, 919.

709. 2. See Hunter and Macalpine, Three Hundred Years, p. 710. 3. See Jonathan Andrews and Andrew Scull, Undertaker of the Mind: John Monro and Mad-Doctoring in Eighteenth-Century England, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001, p. 114, for the discovery that Cruden was actually confined in Bethlem between December 1743 and March 1744. 4. Alexander Cruden, The Adventures of Alexander the Corrector, London: for the Author, 1754, p. 11. 5. Michel Foucault, ‘Madness, the Absence of Work’, tr.

To those unaccustomed to insane people, a few coherent sentences, or rational answers would indicate a lucid interval, because Reconstructing the Classical Model 33 they discover no madness; but he who is in possession of the peculiar turn of the patient’s thoughts, might lead him to disclose them, or by a continuance of the conversation they would spontaneously break forth. (pp. 28–9) More colourfully, in his later work, Medical Jurisprudence, published in 1817, having been dismissed from his Bethlem post in consequence of the 1815 report of the Parliamentary Committee on Madhouses in England and now appearing regularly as a professional expert witness in criminal trials where insanity was at issue, he reworked his observation: It often happens that persons may converse for some time with a lunatic, and find him apparently composed and rational; he will discuss the floating topics of the day as another man, – accord with the most enlightened general principles of morals, and correctly estimate the light and shade of human conduct.

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