The Resource Theaters of madness : insane asylums and nineteenth-century American culture, Benjamin Reiss

Theaters of madness : insane asylums and nineteenth-century American culture, Benjamin Reiss

Label
Theaters of madness : insane asylums and nineteenth-century American culture
Title
Theaters of madness
Title remainder
insane asylums and nineteenth-century American culture
Statement of responsibility
Benjamin Reiss
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In the mid-1800s a utopian movement to rehabilitate the insane resulted in a wave of publicly funded asylums - many of which became unexpected centers of cultural activity. Housed in magnificent structures with lush grounds, patients participated in theatrical programs, debating societies, literary journals, schools, and religious services. "Theaters of Madness" explores both the culture these rich offerings fomented and the asylum's place in the fabric of nineteenth-century life, reanimating a time when the treatment of the insane was a central topic in debates over democracy, freedom, and modernity. Benjamin Reiss explores the creative lives of patients and the cultural demands of their doctors. Their frequently clashing views turned practically all of American culture - from blackface minstrel shows to the works of William Shakespeare - into a battlefield in the war on insanity. Reiss also shows how asylums touched the lives and shaped the writing of key figures, such as Emerson and Poe, who viewed the system alternately as the fulfillment of a democratic ideal and as a kind of medical enslavement. Without neglecting this troubling contradiction, "Theaters of Madness" prompts us to reflect on what our society can learn from a generation that urgently and creatively tried to solve the problem of mental illness
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
362.2/10973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
RC443
LC item number
.R43 2008eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Theaters of madness : insane asylums and nineteenth-century American culture, Benjamin Reiss
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-229) and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: sanative culture -- Brothers and sisters of asylumia: literary life in the New York State Lunatic Asylum -- Saneface minstrelsy: blacking up in the asylum -- Bardolatry in Bedlam: Shakespeare and early psychiatry -- Emerson's close encounters with madness -- What's the point of a revolution?: Edgar Allan Poe and the origins of the asylum -- Out of the attic: gender, captivity, and asylum exposés
Control code
ocn309913416
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xi, 237 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780226709659
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
9786611966287
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
196628
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b36033674
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)309913416
  • myi0226709655

Library Locations

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