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Retreat into the Mind : Victorian Poetry and the Rise of Psychiatry

By: Faas, Ekbert.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Princeton Legacy Library: Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2014Description: 1 online resource (0 p.).ISBN: 9781400861675.Subject(s): Dramatic monologues -- History and criticism | English poetry -- 19th century -- History and criticism | Poetry -- Psychological aspects | Psychiatry -- Great Britain -- History -- 19th century | Psychoanalysis and literature -- Great Britain | Psychology and literature -- History -- 19th century | Psychology in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Retreat into the Mind : Victorian Poetry and the Rise of PsychiatryDDC classification: 821.8093 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Faas's book explores the connections to be found between 19th-century psychological poetry and the developing science of psychology, a task demanding the reading of not only some 400-odd poets but also a great deal of literary history and, most important, the criticism of said poets found in the periodical literature of the period, especially criticism written by 19th-century "alienists," as the psychotherapists of the day were called. The title is unfortunate because it assumes that the greater Romantic lyrics and the Victorian dramatic monologues are poems of retreat; they could easily be considered as poems of exploration. Indeed, the author's text belies his title. His most original contribution is the evidence he has dredged up from the professional journals of the "alienists"; the evidence is overwhelming that the alienists and the poets were moving in parallel lines and may have influenced each other. One third of the book is devoted to documentation: an appendix listing all the 19th-century dramatic monologues Faas could discover, endnotes, as well as huge bibliography, and a reliable index. Suitable for graduate students and faculty primarily, though an honors student might need it. -J. W. Bicknell, emeritus, Drew University

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