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Conclusion

Jane Wood

in Passion and Pathology in Victorian Fiction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187608
eISBN:
9780191674723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187608.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This concluding chapter discusses criticisms of theories and modes of treatment of neuroses. Clifford Albutt expressed his intense disapproval on the way modern psychiatric therapy completely ignored ... More


No Silent Witness: The Eliot Parsonage Women and Their Unitarian World

Cynthia Tucker

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195390209
eISBN:
9780199866670
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390209.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This biography follows three generations of ministers' mothers, daughters, and wives as their family—one of America's foremost Unitarian dynasties—spreads out across the continent and their liberal ... More


Reduced to a Whisper

Cynthia Grant Tucker

in No Silent Witness: The Eliot Parsonage Women and Their Unitarian World

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780195390209
eISBN:
9780199866670
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195390209.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

In a tribe of resilient females whose compromises prevent their defeat, Etta's daughter‐in‐law Minna Sessinghaus Eliot (1868‐1944) is a tragic exception. A summa cum laude from Washington University, ... More


A short biography of Ludwig Boltzmann

CARLO CERCIGNANI

in Ludwig Boltzmann: The Man Who Trusted Atoms

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780198570646
eISBN:
9780191717949
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198570646.003.0001
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

Gottfried Ludwig Boltzmann, born in Berlin, Germany in 1770, moved to Vienna, Austria in his early years to become a maker of musical boxes. There he married and had a son, Ludwig Georg, who became a ... More


New Women and Neurasthenia: Nervous Degeneration and the 1890s

Jane Wood

in Passion and Pathology in Victorian Fiction

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198187608
eISBN:
9780191674723
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187608.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

This chapter discusses nervous degeneration and its literary representation in the 1890s. Much of the fiction of the 1890s self-consciously engages with the physical and medical sciences to configure ... More


“Shattered Nerves”: Doctors, Patients, and Depression in Victorian England

Janet Oppenheim

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195057812
eISBN:
9780199854394
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195057812.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This book explores an illness that figures in nearly every volume of Victorian autobiography, memoirs, diaries, letters, and more than a few novels. Variously described as shattered nerves, nervous ... More


Nerve Force and Neurasthenia

Janet Oppenheim

in “Shattered Nerves”: Doctors, Patients, and Depression in Victorian England

Published in print:
1991
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195057812
eISBN:
9780199854394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195057812.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

The notion of nerve force has a venerable ancestry, extending back to the animal spirits that figured in classical medicine. Whatever physical properties Victorian and Edwardian medical men assigned ... More


Berlin Electropolis

Andreas Killen

in Berlin Electropolis: Shock, Nerves, and German Modernity

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243620
eISBN:
9780520931633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243620.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter begins by looking at Berlin's late nineteenth-century transformation into “world city,” site and object of a discourse about the “hidden costs” of over civilization. It ties the ... More


Railway Accidents, Social Insurance, and the Pathogenesis of Mass Nervousness, 1889–1914

Andreas Killen

in Berlin Electropolis: Shock, Nerves, and German Modernity

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243620
eISBN:
9780520931633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243620.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter focuses on neurasthenia's transformation into a mass condition from the 1890s through to the Great War. Here the mediating agency was insurance and it functioned as social technology ... More


Electrotherapy and the Nervous Self during Wartime

Andreas Killen

in Berlin Electropolis: Shock, Nerves, and German Modernity

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243620
eISBN:
9780520931633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243620.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter continues the discussion from Chapter 3 of the transformation of neurasthenia into a mass condition from the 1890s through to the Great War. It considers the implications for medical ... More


Psychiatrists, Telephone Operators, and Traumatic Neurosis, 1900–1926

Andreas Killen

in Berlin Electropolis: Shock, Nerves, and German Modernity

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520243620
eISBN:
9780520931633
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520243620.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter, covering the years 1900–26, looks at medical discourses about female telephone operators and the role of electricity as pathogen in their nervous disorders. It examines the position ... More


The Psychiatric Entrepreneur, 1920s–1930s

Emily Baum

in The Invention of Madness: State, Society, and the Insane in Modern China

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780226580616
eISBN:
9780226580753
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226580753.003.0005
Subject:
History, Asian History

This chapter introduces "psychiatric entrepreneurs": businessmen who advertised private psychopathic hospitals and proprietary (patent) medicines for the specific treatment of madness. Aided by the ... More


Nerves

Anna Katharina Schaffner

in Exhaustion: A History

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780231172301
eISBN:
9780231538855
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231172301.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Social Psychology

This chapter discusses nervous exhaustion in the eighteenth century and the advent of the neurasthenia diagnosis at the end of the nineteenth century, and in particular George M. Beard's and Richard ... More


Degeneration, decadence and disease in the Russian fin de siècle: Neurasthenia in the life and work of Leonid Andreev

Frederick H. White

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780719091643
eISBN:
9781781707449
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719091643.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

By the first decade of the twentieth century, Russia was experiencing a decadent period of cultural degeneration. Simultaneous with this artistic response, science was developing ways to identify ... More


Human and Corporate Bodies in Broch and Kafka

Stefan Andriopoulos

in Possessed: Hypnotic Crimes, Corporate Fiction, and the Invention of Cinema

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226020549
eISBN:
9780226020570
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226020570.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter turns back to narrative fiction. Tracing modernist literary representations of human and corporate bodies, it engages in a close reading of Hermann Broch's novel The Sleepwalkers ... More


The Marriage of Humor and Anxiety

Katherine Roeder

in Wide Awake in Slumberland: Fantasy, Mass Culture, and Modernism in the Art of Winsor McCay

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9781617039607
eISBN:
9781626740112
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617039607.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Chapter six addresses McCay's treatment of modern life as a source of anxiety. Whereas the fantasia of Little Nemo contributed to the rising consumerist aesthetic, Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, ... More


Modernity as Crisis: Noise and “Nerves”

James G. Mansell

in The Age of Noise in Britain: Hearing Modernity

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040672
eISBN:
9780252099113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040672.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter introduces the main organization that promoted noise abatement in early twentieth-century Britain, the Anti-Noise League led by Thomas Horder, as well as the rise of self-help advice for ... More


“A Form of Insanity Which Overtakes White Men”

Veronica T. Watson

in The Souls of White Folk: African American Writers Theorize Whiteness

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781617038891
eISBN:
9781621039808
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617038891.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, African-American Literature

This chapter theorizes white double consciousness by analyzing W.E.B. DuBois’ and Charles Chesnutt’s engagements with the late nineteenth and early twentieth century discourse of neurasthenia. ... More


Gallantry

Guy Cuthbertson

in Wilfred Owen

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780300153002
eISBN:
9780300198553
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300153002.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

After being a disabled officer for more than a year, the Medical Board officially decided on June 4, 1918 that Wilfred Owen has already recovered from his neurasthenia. Although he was expecting to ... More


Neurasthenia, Decadence, and Nineteenth-Century Manhood

in Impotence: A Cultural History

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226500768
eISBN:
9780226500935
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226500935.003.0005
Subject:
History, Cultural History

When John Ruskin and Effie Gray married in 1848, the nervous Ruskin suggested on religious and practical grounds that they wait five years before having sex; he was twenty-nine and she was twenty. ... More


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