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Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth-Century American Culture

Benjamin Reiss

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226709635
eISBN:
9780226709659
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226709659.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

In the mid-1800s, a utopian movement to rehabilitate the insane resulted in a wave of publicly funded asylums—many of which became unexpected centers of cultural activity. Housed in magnificent ... More


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