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Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
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Inspiration and Insanity in British Poetry

1825–1855

Authors: Crawford, Joseph

  • Bridges the historical gap between studies of Romantic poetry and madness
  • Considers a varied group of writers to offer an inclusive portrait of the period’s attitudes toward poetic inspiration and insanity
  • Examines a crucial transitional period in medical psychology and its influence on poetry 
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This book explores the ways in which poetic inspiration came to be associated with madness in early nineteenth-century Britain. By examining the works of poets such as Barrett, Browning, Clare, Tennyson, Townshend, and the Spasmodics in relation to the burgeoning asylum system and shifting medical discourses of the period, it investigates the ways in which Britain’s post-Romantic poets understood their own poetic vocations within a cultural context that insistently linked poetic talent with illness and insanity. Joseph Crawford examines the popularity of mesmerism among the writers of the era, as an alternative system of medicine that provided a more sympathetic account of the nature of poetic genius, and investigates the persistent tension, found throughout the literary and medical writings of the period, between the Romantic ideal of the poet as a transcendent visionary genius and the ‘medico-psychological’ conception of poets as mere case studies in abnormal neurological development.


About the authors

Joseph Crawford is Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Exeter, UK. His previous books include Raising Milton’s Ghost (2011), Gothic Fiction and the Invention of Terrorism (2013), and The Twilight of the Gothic (2014).


Reviews

“This is a beautifully-written, timely study; it turns to a theme upon which much remains to be said and, while we have had readings of the moral management system and mesmerism, we are offered a new setting for them here in association with the power of poetic exploration and literary genius.” (Andrew Mangham, University of Reading, UK)

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eBook $44.99
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  • Due: October 8, 2019
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Hardcover $84.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-21670-2
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Inspiration and Insanity in British Poetry
Book Subtitle
1825–1855
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
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-21671-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-21671-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-21670-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 248
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