Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine

Creating Romantic Obsession

Scorpions in the Mind

Authors: Béres Rogers, Kathleen

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  • Constitutes the first book-length examination of the Romantic interest in obsessive thinking
    Examines a wide variety of Romantic writers, from Mary Shelley to John Keats
    Enlists a transatlantic, interdisciplinary range of Romantic-era texts - philosophical, medical, and literary - to argue that  all of these discussions of obsession were influenced by the aesthetic discourse of the sublime  

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Most of us have, at one time, been obsessed with something, but how did obsession become a mental illness? This book examines literary, medical, and philosophical texts to argue that what we call obsession became a disease in the Romantic era and reflects the era’s anxieties. Using a number of literary texts, some well-known (like Mary Shelley’s 1818 Frankenstein and Edgar Allan Poe’s 1843 “The Tell Tale Heart”) and some not (like Charlotte Dacre’s 1811 The Passions  and Charles Brockden Brown’s 1787 Edgar Huntly), the book looks at “vigilia”, an overly intense curiosity, “intellectual monomania”, an obsession with study, “nymphomania” and “erotomania”, gendered forms of desire, “revolutiana”, an obsession with sublime violence and military service, and “ideality,” an obsession with an idea. The coda argues that traces of these Romantic constructs can be seen in popular accounts of obsession today. 


About the authors

Kathleen Béres Rogers is an Associate Professor of English at the College of Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Scorpions in the Mind

    Pages 1-21

    Béres Rogers, Kathleen

  • Vigilia and the Science of the Mind in William Godwin’s Caleb Williams and Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly, or Memoirs of a Sleepwalker

    Pages 23-53

    Béres Rogers, Kathleen

  • Intellectual Monomania and Enthusiasm in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Mary Hays’s Memoirs of Emma Courtney

    Pages 55-89

    Béres Rogers, Kathleen

  • The Stings of Love: Erotomania and Nymphomania in John Keats’s Isabella, or the Pot of Basil and Charlotte Dacre’s The Passions

    Pages 91-118

    Béres Rogers, Kathleen

  • Revolutiana and the Sublime in George Gleig’s Subaltern, Lord Byron’s Siege of Corinth, and Joanna Baillie’s Count Basil

    Pages 119-148

    Béres Rogers, Kathleen

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Creating Romantic Obsession
Book Subtitle
Scorpions in the Mind
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-13988-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-13988-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-13987-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 206
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
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