The English Malady

Aus Iaawiki

Sommersemester 2019

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Course Information
Nr. Kursbezeichnung Typ Zeit Raum DozentIn
154512 The English Malady 2 PS Di 10:15 – 11:45 R. 3.206 Möllers
Course Description

“The title I have chosen for this treatise is a reproach universally thrown on this island by foreigners, and all our neighbours on the continent […]. And I wish there were not so good grounds for this reflection.” George Cheyne – The English Malady (1733)
How does it come about that pioneering physician and vegetarian George Cheyne proposes there to be a distinctly English form of mental illness? Why has this idea been taken up and spread as a dominant ideology throughout the late 18th and 19th century? And, last but not least, why was it suddenly, for men and women alike, socially acceptable to be mentally ill? This class will examine different forms of madness and their literary representations in Britain during the 18th and 19th centuries. While theoretical texts by physicians and social scientists on the special English preconditions for madness will also play a role, we will mostly focus on fictionalised accounts of madness and the insane in the contexts of gender, history, and politics.

  • Wollstonecraft, Mary. Maria, or The Wrongs of Woman. [1797] ISBN: 978-0199538904
  • De Quincey, Thomas. Confessions of an English Opium Eater. [1822] ISBN: 978-0199600618
Course Requirements
  • active participation
  • short presentation
  • term paper

Attendance of the first session is mandatory.

2009 601 403 403
2016 403 403
Angewandte Sprachwissenschaften/Angewandte Literatur-/Kulturwissenschaften:
PO vor WS 16/17:
  • Kern: 1c, 2ab, 3b
  • Komp: 1b
Komp: 2a
PO ab WS 16/17:
  • Kern: 1c, 2ab, 3b
  • Komp: 1b
Komp: 2a