Life in the Victorian Asylum

The World of Nineteenth Century Mental Health Care

Author: Mark Stevens

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1473842387

Category: History

Page: 176

View: 9555

Life in the Victorian Asylum reconstructs the lost world of the nineteenth century public asylums. This fresh take on the history of mental health reveals why county asylums were built, the sort of people they housed and the treatments they received, as well as the enduring legacy of these remarkable institutions. Mark Stevens, the best-selling author of Broadmoor Revealed, is a professional archivist and expert on asylum records. In this book, he delves into Victorian mental health archives to recreate the experience of entering an asylum and being treated there, perhaps for a lifetime. Praise for Broadmoor Revealed 'Superb,' Family Tree magazine 'Detailed and thoughtful,' Times Literary Supplement 'Paints a fascinating picture,' Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine

The Victorian Asylum

Author: Sarah Rutherford

Publisher: Shire Publications

ISBN: 9780747806691

Category: History

Page: 56

View: 4105

The Victorian lunatic asylum has a special place in history. Dreaded and reviled by many, these nineteenth-century buildings provide a unique window on how the Victorians housed and treated the mentally ill. Despite initially good intentions, they became warehouses for society's outcasts at a time when cures were far fewer than hoped for. Isolated, hidden in the countryside and surrounded by high walls, they were eventually distributed throughout Britain, the Empire, the Continent and North America, with 120 or so in England and Wales alone. Now the memory of them is fading, and many of the buildings have gone or are threatened. Most have been closed as hospitals since the 1980s and either been demolished or turned into prestigious private apartments, their original use largely forgotten. Their memory deserves rehabilitation as a fascinating part of Victorian life that survived into modern times. In The Victorian Asylum, Sarah Rutherford gives an insight into their history, their often imposing architecture, and their later decline, and brings to life these haunting buildings, some of which still survive today.

Wahnsinn

eine kleine Kulturgeschichte

Author: Roy Porter

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783596171378

Category: Mental illness

Page: 238

View: 8960

At Home in the Institution

Material Life in Asylums, Lodging Houses and Schools in Victorian and Edwardian England

Author: J. Hamlett

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113732239X

Category: History

Page: 225

View: 2722

At Home in the Institution examines space and material culture in asylums, lodging houses and schools in Victorian and Edwardian England, and explores the powerful influence of domesticity on all three institutional types.

Mein Herz so wild

Roman

Author: Jane Eagland

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3423405686

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 448

View: 9200

Je nachdrücklicher die 17-jährige Louisa ihre geistige Gesundheit beteuert, desto weniger glaubt man ihr – und desto schlimmer wird ihre Situation. Denn Louisa ist in einer Irrenanstalt gelandet. Warum, kann sie nur ahnen. Weil sie anders ist? Weil sie als Mädchen einen Beruf erlernen will – was im viktorianischen England einem Sakrileg gleichkommt. Und wer steckt hinter ihrer Einweisung? Diese Ungewissheit und die demütigenden Schikanen zermürben Louisa. Wäre da nicht die junge Pflegerin Eliza, würde Louisa sogar an Selbstmord denken.

Life in the Victorian Hospital

Author: Michelle Higgs

Publisher: History Press (SC)

ISBN: N.A

Category: Hospital care

Page: 160

View: 2470

Throughout the Victorian period, life-threatening diseases were no respecter of class, affecting rich and poor alike. However, the medical treatment for such diseases differed significantly, depending on the class of patient. The wealthy received private medical treatment at home or, later, in a practitioner's consulting room. The middle classes might also pay for their treatment but, in addition, they could attend one of an increasing number of specialist hospitals. The working classes could get free treatment from charitable voluntary hospitals or dispensaries. For the abject poor who were receiving poor relief, their only option was to seek treatment at the workhouse infirmary. The experience of a patient going into hospital at this time was vastly different from that at the end. This was not just in terms of being attended by trained nurses or in the medical and surgical advances which had taken place. Different methods for treating diseases and the use of antiseptic and aseptic techniques to combat killer hospital infections led to a much higher standard of care than was previously available.

Zwischen den Meeren

Author: Sarah Moss

Publisher: mareverlag

ISBN: 3866483287

Category: Fiction

Page: 416

View: 6422

Nur wenige Wochen nach der Hochzeit muss ein junges Paar sich wieder trennen – für ein ganzes halbes Jahr. Tom Cavendish fährt nach Japan, um Leuchttürme zu bauen; Ally, seine Frau, bleibt in Cornwall, wo sie ihren lang gehegten Traum erfüllt und ihre erste Stelle als Ärztin antritt. Der neue Status beschert ihr ungekannte Freiheit, doch während sie sich immer tiefer in die Arbeit stürzt und Tom versucht, sich an die fremde Kultur Japans zu gewöhnen, wird die Entfernung zwischen beiden immer größer und das Fundament ihrer jungen Ehe brüchig. Mit ihrer unvergleichlichen Mischung aus psychologischer Einfühlung und intellektueller Tiefe spannt Sarah Moss einen Bogen von Cornwall bis Japan und zeigt zwei Menschen voller beruflicher Entschlossenheit und innerer Einsamkeit, verbunden durch dieselbe Sehnsucht, die Sehnsucht nach dem jeweils anderen.

alias Grace

Roman

Author: Margaret Atwood

Publisher: Piper ebooks

ISBN: 349297743X

Category: Fiction

Page: 624

View: 7390

Toronto, 1843: Das junge Dienstmädchen Grace wird mit sechzehn des Doppelmordes an ihren Arbeitgebern schuldig gesprochen. In letzter Sekunde wandelt das Gericht ihr Todesurteil in eine lebenslange Gefängnisstrafe um. Sie verbringt Jahre hinter Gittern, bis man sie schließlich entlässt. Im Haushalt des Anstaltdirektors begegnet sie dem Nervenarzt Simon, der ihrer Geschichte auf den Grund gehen will: Ist Grace eine gemeingefährliche Verbrecherin oder unschuldig? Margaret Atwood hat einen Roman von hypnotischer Spannung geschrieben, der die Geschichte einer realen Gestalt, einer der berüchtigtsten Frauen Kanadas erzählt.

West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum Through Time

Author: Mark Davis

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445632136

Category: History

Page: 96

View: 9386

During the eighteenth century the plight of those considered insane was dismal. Many were locked up in madhouses or chained in the workhouse, their illnesses ignored. It was only with the advent of the Industrial Revolution that reform came into place.

Taking Over the Asylum

Empowerment and Mental Health

Author: Marian Barnes,Mr Ric Bowl

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137215593

Category: Psychology

Page: 208

View: 8595

One of the most critical developments within `welfare' in recent years, has been the transformation of service users from `passive recipients' to `active subjects' of welfare policy and practice. People who use services have challenged paternalistic notions that professionals are always the experts, and have offered alternative analyses both of the experience of living with disability or illness, and of policy and practice responses to such experiences. Taking Over the Asylum explores the way in which users or survivors of mental health services - people too often regarded as `lacking capacity' to make decisions about their own care - have taken action to empower themselves. The authors examine evidence of the impact this action has had on their lives, on services, and on practice in mental health. They argue that disempowerment can be exacerbated by racist and gendered assumptions and they question the way we think about `mental health' and `mental illness' and what it means to live with `madness'. Drawing on the writings of activists and on international research evidence of action by users and survivors, this important book explores different strategies being adopted to achieve change both within the mental health system and in the lives of those who live with psychological distress. The wide-ranging analysis of current debates provides a valuable and clear insight into the potential and dilemmas of collective action by service users and survivors.

The Politics of Madness

The State, Insanity and Society in England, 1845–1914

Author: Joseph Melling,Bill Forsythe

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134417098

Category: History

Page: 296

View: 8377

The discovery and treatment of insanity remains one of the most debated and discussed issues in social history. Focusing on the second half of the nineteenth century, The Politics of Madness provides a new perspective on this important topic, based on research drawn from both local and national material. Within a social and cultural history of the English political and class order, it presents a fresh appraisal of the significance of the asylum in the decades following the creation of a national asylum system in 1845. Arguing that the new asylums provided a meeting place for different social interests and aspirations, the text asserts that this then marked a transition in provincial power relations from the landed interests to the new coalition of professional, commercial and populist groups, which gained control of the public asylums at the end of the period surveyed.

Der Klapsmühlentrip

Author: Kate Millett

Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch

ISBN: 3462412221

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 396

View: 307

Jahrelang sorgte Kate Millett durch ihre politischen Aktivitäten, ihr öffentliches Bekenntnis zur weiblichen Homosexualität und ihre Bücher, die zu »Bibeln« der Feministinnen wurden, für Schlagzeilen. Auf dem Höhepunkt ihres Erfolges wurde sie von einer »seelischen Mißstimmung« erfaßt. Was dann folgte, war die Psychiatrierung eines Menschen: seine Zwangseinweisung in Kliniken, Selbstmordversuche – ein dreizehn Jahre lang andauerndes Martyrium. Kate Millett schildert in ergreifender Weise ihre Odyssee durch die Psychiatrie.Die amerikanische Presse urteilte: Seit Ken Keseys »Einer flog über das Kuckucksnest« hat es in der Literatur keinen solchen Aufschrei gegen psychiatrische Einrichtungen und Praktiken gegeben.

Regenschirm

Roman

Author: Will Self

Publisher: Hoffmann und Campe

ISBN: 3455812546

Category: Fiction

Page: 400

View: 9222

Eine literarischeTour de force von einem der wichtigsten zeitgenössischen Autoren Englands. 1918: Audrey Death, Feministin, Sozialistin und Arbeiterin in einer Londoner Munitionsfabrik, fällt der Europäischen Schlafkrankheit zum Opfer, eine Epidemie, die sich in ganz Europa ausbreitete, ein Drittel seiner Opfer tötete und ein zweites Drittel in die Irrenhäuser jener Zeit verbannte. 1971: Zachary Busner, Psychiater, entdeckt bei seinem Antrittsbesuch im Friern Mental Hospital eine ältere Frau, die dort seit 49 Jahren vor sich hin dämmert, kann ihre Krankheit richtig behandeln und holt sie ins Leben zurück - mit ungeahnten Folgen. Audreys Erinnerungen an eine untergegangene Welt, ihre Familie, die sie vergaß, ihre Liebhaber und ihr Engagement für die Sozialisten, verwebt Will Self mit Busners Versuchen, Licht in ihre verschattete Welt zu bringen, und mit den Erinnerungen, die der Jahrzehnte später pensionierte Psychiater hat an jene Zeit und seine Patientin, die er in ein Leben zurückgeholt hat, das nicht mehr ihres werden konnte.

EVIL

Roman. Mit einem Vorwort von Stephen King

Author: Jack Ketchum

Publisher: Heyne Verlag

ISBN: 3641141362

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 9512

Jack Ketchums beunruhigender, grenzüberschreitender Horrorthriller gilt unter Experten als eines der großen Meisterwerke des Genres. Die Geschichte eines Jungen, der inmitten einer amerikanischen Vorstadtidylle mit unvorstellbaren Grausamkeiten konfrontiert wird, steigt tief hinab in die Abgründe der menschlichen Psyche. Nachdem der brillant geschriebene Roman viele Jahre unter der Hand als geheimer Klassiker die Runde gemacht hatte, erhält er jetzt nicht zuletzt dank Stephen King, der zu diesem Werk auch eine ausführliche Einleitung verfasst hat, die verdiente Aufmerksamkeit und erscheint nun endlich auch als deutsche Erstausgabe.

Psychiatry for the Rich

A History of Ticehurst Private Asylum 1792-1917

Author: Charlotte MacKenzie

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134962479

Category: History

Page: 248

View: 8802

Through a detailed history of the asylum at Ticehurst in Sussex, Charlotte MacKenzie explores the consumer revolution which stimulated the proliferation of madhouses in Britain during the nineteenth century.

Broadmoor Revealed

Victorian Crime and the Lunatic Asylum

Author: Mark Stevens

Publisher: Seaforth

ISBN: 9781781593202

Category: History

Page: 180

View: 9328

The five volumes that constitute Arthur Marder's From the Dreadnought to Scapa Flow represented arguably the finest contribution to the literature of naval history since Alfred Mahan. A J P Taylor wrote that 'his naval history has a unique fascination. To unrivalled mastery of sources he adds a gift of simple narrative . . . He is beyond praise, as he is beyond cavil.' The five volumes were subtitled The Royal Navy in the Fisher Era, 1904–1919 and they are still, despite recent major contributions from Robert Massie and Andrew Gordan, regarded by many as the definitive history of naval events leading up to and including the Great War. This first volume covers many facets of the history of the Royal Navy during the pre-war decade, including the economic and political background such as the 1906 Liberal Government hostility towards naval spending. Inevitably, however, attention moves to the German naval challenge, the arms race and the subsequent Anglo-German rivalry, and, finally, the British plans for the blockade of the German High Seas Fleet. A new introduction by Barry Gough, the distinguished Canadian maritime and naval historian, assesses the importance of Marder's work and anchors it firmly amongst the great naval narrative histories of this era. This new paperback edition will bring a truly great work to a new generation of historians and general readers.

Labyrinths of Deceit

Culture, Modernity and Identity in the Nineteenth Century

Author: Richard J. Walker

Publisher: Liverpool University Press

ISBN: 0853238499

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 339

View: 7260

Prominent citizens in nineteenth-century England believed themselves to be living in a time of unstoppable progress. Yet running just beneath Victorian triumphalism were strong currents of chaos and uncertainty. Richard Walker plumbs the depths of those undercurrents in order to present an alternative history of nineteenth-century society. Mining literary and philosophical works of the period, Walker explores the crisis of identity that beset nineteenth-century thinkers and how that crisis revealed itself in portrayals of addiction, split personalities, and religious mania. Victorian England will never look the same.

Molekulares Rot

Theorie für das Anthropozän

Author: McKenzie Wark

Publisher: Matthes & Seitz Berlin Verlag

ISBN: 3957574412

Category: History

Page: 392

View: 7134

»Vielleicht brauchen wir eine neue kritische Theorie. Oder eine neu-alte, denn wie sich herausstellt, gab es bereits einmal eine kraftvolle und originelle Denkströmung, die in einem früheren, gescheiterten Versuch, die Vorgeschichte – die Zeit vor dem Anthropozän – zu beenden, beinahe ausgelöscht worden wäre.« Im Rückgriff auf die Ideengeschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts, insbesondere auf Alexander Bogdanov und Andrej Platonow, versucht McKenzie Wark in diesem radikalen Großessay die Grundlegung einer Theorie für das Anthropozän. Er fordert dabei einen alternativen – und keinen spekulativen – Realismus. Einen Realismus, der für plurale, sich mit anderen Geschichten befassende Narrative offen ist. Im Schatten der Kohlenstoffbefreiungsfront ruft er dazu auf, eine neue Poetik und Technik zur Wissensorganisation zu erschaffen, und wagt es, die Misere unserer Zeit neu zu denken.

The Exhibit in the Text

The Museological Practices of Literature

Author: Caroline Patey,Laura Scuriatti

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783039113774

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 271

View: 6139

Interest in collecting and museology has increased exponentially over recent years, both in academic circles and the broader cultural arena, but the relationship between museums, collections and literature has not yet been fully investigated. This book examines some crucial phases of this interaction from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Moving from a time of endless enthusiasm for exhibiting and classifying to the modern period, dominated by turbulence and loss, the essays in this collection investigate changing modes of museology and literary texts that articulate the concepts of display and taxonomy. The writers in this volume move beyond the world of art to address cultural practices at large and demonstrate that the 'museum fever' of the past 150 years has been a powerful agent of textuality. The focus of the book moves from the Victorian authors John Clare, Thomas De Quincey and George Eliot, via Henry James's precociously modernist concerns, to the twentieth-century crisis of representation and memory embodied in the works of James Joyce, Vladimir Nabokov and Samuel Beckett. The essays testify to the thematic and theoretical importance of the encounter between museum and text, which makes a lively comeback in post-modern narrative through the works of A.S. Byatt, Julian Barnes and J.G. Farrell among others.

Social change and everyday life in Ireland, 1850-1922

Author: Caitriona Clear

Publisher: Manchester University Press

ISBN: 1847796656

Category: History

Page: 206

View: 3488

Men and women who were born, grew up and died in Ireland between 1850 and 1922 made decisions - to train, to emigrate, to stay at home, to marry, to stay single, to stay at school - based on the knowledge and resources they had at the time. This, the first comprehensive social history of Ireland for the years 1850-1922 to appear since 1981, tries to understand that knowledge and to discuss those resources, for men and women at all social levels on the island as a whole. Original research, particularly on extreme poverty and public health, is supplemented by neglected published sources - local history journals, popular autobiography, newspapers. Folklore and Irish language sources are used extensively. All recent scholarly books in Irish social history are, of course, referred to throughout the book, but it is a lively read, reproducing the voices of the people and the stories of individuals whenever it can, questioning much of the accepted wisdom of Irish historiography over the past five decades. Statistics are used from time to time for illustrative purposes, but tables and graphs are consigned to the appendix at the back. There are some illustrations. An idea summary for the student, loaded with prompts for future research, this book is written in a non-cliched, jargon-free style aimed at the general reader.