1st Edition

Insanity and the Lunatic Asylum in the Nineteenth Century

By Serena Trowbridge Copyright 2015

    The nineteenth-century asylum was the scene of both terrible abuses and significant advancements in treatment and care. The essays in this collection look at the asylum from the perspective of the place itself – its architecture, funding and purpose – and at the experience of those who were sent there.

    Introduction, Thomas Knowles, Serena Trowbridge; Part I Literary; Chapter 1 ‘Horrible Dens of Deception’: Thomas Bakewell, Thomas Mulock and Antiasylum Sentiments, c.1815–60, Rebecca Wynterk; Chapter 2 ‘This Most Noble of Disorders’: Matilda Betham on the Reformation of the Madhouse, Elaine Bailey; Chapter 3 The Legacy of Victorian Asylums in the Landscape of Contemporary British Literature, Thomas Knowles; Part II Quantitative; Chapter 4 Building a Lunatic Asylum: ‘A Question of Beer, Milk and the Irish’, Bernard Melling; Chapter 5 ‘Just can’t Work them Hard Enough’: A Historical Bioarcheological Study of the Inmate Experience at the Oneida County Asylum, Shawn M. Phillips; Chapter 6 ‘Always Bear in Mind that You are in Your Senses’: Insanity and the Lunatic Asylum in the Nineteenth Century – from Keeper to attendant to Nurse, Claire Chatterton; Chapter 7 ‘Atrophied’, ‘Engorged’, ‘Debauched’: Degenerative Processes and Moral Worth in the General Paralytic Body, Jennifer Wallis; Part III Cultural; Chapter 8 ‘Attitudes Passionelles’: The Pornographic Spaces of the Salpêtrière, Amanda Finelli; Chapter 9 ‘The Poison that Upsets my Reason’: Men, Madness and Drunkenness in the Victorian Period, Kostas Makras; Chapter 10 ‘Madness and Masculinity’: Male Patients in London Asylums and Victorian Culture, Helen Goodman; Chapter 11 ‘Straitjacket’: A Confined History, Will Wiles;


    Thomas Knowles, Serena Trowbridge