Aesthetic Hysteria : The Great Neurosis in Victorian Melodrama and Contemporary Fiction.Material type: TextSeries: eBooks on DemandLiterary Criticism and Cultural Theory: Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2013Copyright date: ©2007Description: 1 online resource (141 pages)Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9781135860530Subject(s): English drama -- 19th century -- History and criticism | English fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism | Hysteria in literature | Identity (Psychology) in literature | Melodrama, English -- History and criticism | Neuroses in literature | Psychoanalysis in literatureGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Aesthetic Hysteria : The Great Neurosis in Victorian Melodrama and Contemporary FictionDDC classification: 792.27094109034 LOC classification: PR728.M4 -- M85 2007Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Cover -- Aesthetic Hysteria: The Great Neurosis in Victorian Melodrama and Contemporary Fiction -- Copyright -- Contents -- Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Chapter One. Introduction: "Stuck in the Gullet of the Signifier": Desire, Disgust, and the Aesthetics of Hysteria -- Chapter Two. Too Much, Too Little: The Emotional Capital of Victorian Melodrama -- Chapter Three. "Missed Encounters": Repetition, Rewriting, and Contemporary Returns to Charles Dickens's Great Expectations -- Chapter Four. Broken English: Neurosis and Narration in Pat Barker's Regeneration Trilogy -- Chapter Five. Emetic Theory: Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.
Aesthetic Hysteria is a deconstructive psychoanalytic study of hysteria, using literary texts to foreground a telling encounter between two growing discourses within English studies: that of emotion/affect and trauma studies. It brings together several academic foci - the history of medicine, aesthetic theory, speech act theory, feminism, and gender and performance studies. The study uses its theoretical and philosophical questioning of a cultural phenomenon to interrogate the politics and ends of theory, and is timely in addressing similar anxieties dominating contemporary critical and cultural theory.
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Ankhi Mukherjee is Associate Professor in the Faculty of English, University of Oxford, UK.