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Passion and Pathology in Victorian Fiction

Jane Wood


In what was once described as ‘the century of nerves’, a fascination with the mysterious processes governing physical and psychological states was shared by medical and fiction writers alike. This elegant study offers an integrated analysis of how medicine and literature figured the connection between the body and the mind. The book looks at some of the century's most influential neurological and physiological theories, and gives readings of both major and relatively neglected fictions — a range which includes work by Charlotte Brontë and George MacDonald, George Eliot and Wilkie Collins, Thom ... More

Keywords: fiction, psychological states, physiological theories, medical writers, Charlotte Brontë, George MacDonald, George Eliot, Wilkie Collins, Thomas Hardy, George Gissing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780198187608
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187608.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jane Wood, author
University of Leeds