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Embodied Selves


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Acknowledgements Introduction List of Illustrations Part 1: Reading the Mind 1: Physiognomy 2: Phrenology 3: Mesmerism Part 2: The Unconscious and the Workings of Memory 5: Associationism and Physiological Psychology 6: Dreams 7: Double Consciousness 8: Memory Part 3: The Sexual Body 9: Defining Womanhood 10: The Uterine Economy 11: Masculinity and the Control of Sexuality Part 4: Insanity and Nervous Disorders 12: Moral Management and the Rise of the Psychiatrist 13: Monomania, Moral Insanity, and Moral Responsibility Part 5: Heredity, Degeneration, and Modern Life 14: Nervous Economies: Modernity and Morbidity 15: Concepts of Descent and Degeneration 16: Inherited Legacies: Idiocy and Criminality 17: Childhood 18: Race and Hybridity 19: Sex in Mind and Education Notes on Authors Bibliography


For decades, scholars of Victorian history, literature, and culture have referred to nineteenth-century psychiatric thinking about such topics as mesmerism, hysteria, moral management, race, and sexuality, but the major texts in these debates have been scattered and unavailable outside major libraries. Now Embodied Selves brings the most important essays of Victorian psychiatry, from George Combe to Havelock Ellis, together in one volume. Brilliantly chosen and organized, these essays will transform our understanding of Victorian narrative and its discontents. * Elaine Showalter, Princeton University *

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