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Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine

Fear in the Medical and Literary Imagination, Medieval to Modern

Dreadful Passions

Editors: McCann, Daniel, McKechnie-Mason, Claire (Eds.)

  • - Reveals fresh perspectives on current central concerns in the medical humanities, such as the subjective experience of illness, narrative medicine, the medicinal gaze, and the doctor-patient relationship 
  • - Examines how literature and medicine engage with fear from medieval to modern times, and the responses evoked in these contexts
  • - Looks at the narrative nature and impact of fear in literature, history, and culture
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About this book

This book is about an emotion constantly present in human culture and history: fear. It is also a book about literature and medicine, two areas of human endeavour that engage with fear most acutely. The essays in this volume explore fear in various literary and medical manifestations, in the Western World, from medieval to modern times. It is divided into two parts. The first part, Treating Fear, examines fear in medical history, and draws from theology, medicine, philosophy, and psychology, to offer an account of how fear shifts in Western understanding from the Middle Ages to Modern times. The second part, Writing Fear, explores fear as a rhetorical and literary force, offering an account of how it is used and evoked in distinct literary periods and texts. This coherent and fascinating collection will appeal to medical historians, literary critics, cultural theorists, medical humanities’ scholars and historians of the emotions.

About the authors

Daniel B. McCann is the Simon and June Li Fellow in Old and Middle English at Oxford University’s Lincoln College.

Claire McKechnie-Mason is a management officer at NHS Cardiff. 

Reviews

“This is an inquiry into fear as both a psychological and physical condition to be dealt with in medicine … . This is a set of contributions that will be of interest to a wide audience, from writers and artists to practitioners … . This study is different, starting with its double approach: medicine and the arts.” (Alain Touwaide, Doody's Book Reviews, August, 2018)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Introduction: A Dreadful Start

    McCann, Daniel (et al.)

    Pages 1-14

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  • Dreadful Health: Fear and ‘Sowle-hele’ in The Prickynge of Love

    McCann, Daniel

    Pages 17-36

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  • Without a Cause: Fear in the Anatomy of Melancholy

    Lund, Mary Ann

    Pages 37-54

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  • ‘The Gloom of Anxiety’: Fear in the Long Eighteenth Century

    Ingram, Allan (et al.)

    Pages 55-78

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  • Dreadful: Aesthetic Fear in Victorian Reading

    Gilbert, Pamela K.

    Pages 79-99

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Buy this book

eBook 74,96 €
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-55948-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 93,59 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55947-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fear in the Medical and Literary Imagination, Medieval to Modern
Book Subtitle
Dreadful Passions
Editors
  • Daniel McCann
  • Claire McKechnie-Mason
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55948-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55948-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55947-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 261
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