Voices from the Aslyum

West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum

Author: Mark Davis

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445621886

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 96

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Women of the Asylum

Voices from Behind the Walls, 1840-1945

Author: Jeffrey L. Geller,Maxine Harris

Publisher: Doubleday


Category: Social Science

Page: 349

View: 6545

Accounts by women placed in asylums from 1840 to 1945 provide a chilling study of psychiatric institutions and attitudes toward women

Voices from the asylum

Author: Michael Lyon Glenn

Publisher: N.A


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 236

View: 2227

Voices from the Asylum

Four French Women Writers, 1850-1920

Author: Susannah Wilson

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199579350

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 248

View: 5308

Voices from the Asylum analyses the writings of four female psychiatric patients in France (1850-1920). These women provide articulate descriptions of the experience of psychiatric treatment from the point of view of the patient, which in the historiography of psychiatry has traditionally been sidelined. The book uses psychoanalytical theory to closely analyse the texts, and contributes to the feminist project of writing women back into literary history,by bringing to light an unrecognised writing tradition in the prehistory of psychoanalysis: the psychiatric memoir. It views 'delusional' utterances as meaningful when read as metaphorical representations of real suffering, or compensatory strategies to ensure the survival of the self, in a social contextthat oppressed women who deviated from traditional sex-role stereotypes. Writing by patients constituted an act of resistance prefiguring revisionist histories of psychiatry that appeared later in the twentieth century.

West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum Through Time

Author: Mark Davis

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445632136

Category: History

Page: 96

View: 8712

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.

Voices from the Camps

Vietnamese Children Seeking Asylum

Author: James M. Freeman,Nguyen Dinh Huu

Publisher: University of Washington Press

ISBN: 0295801611

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

View: 4037

Wave after wave of political and economic refugees poured out of Vietnam beginning in the late 1970s, overwhelming the resources available to receive them. Squalid conditions prevailed in detention centers and camps in Hong Kong and throughout Southeast Asia, where many refugees spent years languishing in poverty, neglect, and abuse while supposedly being protected by an international consortium of caregivers. Voices from the Camps tells the story of the most vulnerable of these refugees: children alone, either orphaned or separated from their families. Combining anthropology and social work with advocacy for unaccompanied children everywhere, James M. Freeman and Nguyen Dinh Huu present the voices and experiences of Vietnamese refugee children neglected and abused by the system intended to help them. Authorities in countries of first asylum, faced with thousands upon thousands of increasingly frightened, despairing, and angry people, needed to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they should be sent back to Vietnam or be certified as legitimate refugees and allowed to proceed to countries of resettlement. The international community, led by UNHCR, devised a well-intentioned screening system. Unfortunately, as Freeman and Nguyen demonstrate, it failed unaccompanied children. The hardships these children endured are disturbing, but more disturbing is the story of how the governments and agencies that set out to care for them eventually became the children�s tormenters. When Vietnam, after years of refusing to readmit illegal emigrants, reversed its policy, the international community began doing everything it could to force them back to Vietnam. Cutting rations, closing schools, separating children from older relations and other caregivers, relocating them in order to destroy any sense of stability--the authorities employed coercion and effective abuse with distressing ease, all in the name of the �best interests� of the children. While some children eventually managed to construct a decent life in Vietnam or elsewhere, including the United States, all have been scarred by their refugee experience and most are still struggling with the legacy. Freeman and Nguyen�s presentation and analysis of this sobering chapter in recent history is a cautionary tale and a call to action.


Inside the Pauper Lunatic Asylums

Author: Mark Davis

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1445636425

Category: History

Page: 160

View: 3518

With the advent of care in the community for the mentally afflicted, the self-contained villages for the apparently insane have now been consigned to the history books. These once bustling Victorian institutions were commonly known in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as the county asylum or the pauper lunatic asylum , and were an accepted and essential part of society for nearly two centuries. It is difficult to believe that, in 1914, there were 102 such asylums, accommodating over 100,000 patients, the majority of whom lived their entire lives under care and treatment. In 2014, with the exception of those that have already been demolished, these buildings now lie empty and derelict, or have been converted for contemporary living. Through this photographic book, we journey into the inner sanctum of a world of lost dreams, where hope was more often than not unwillingly traded for an uncomfortable acceptance.

Souls of the Asylum

Author: Doug Lockhart,Doug and Berta Lockhart

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 145257183X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 210

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Its 3:00 a.m. on a chilly March morning. You are curled deep within your bed and even deeper within the realm of sleep. Suddenly you are shaken from this peaceful moment by a loud voice that says very plainly, "WAKE UP!" As you lie very still willing your heart to slow to normal, you become aware of voices around you. Who are they? Who are they speaking to? Each voice determined to be heard, each one wanting to give an account. All of their stories are very different except for one common thing: the endings all seem to be the same. You realize that you are in the middle of a conversation, somewhere between reality and sleep, somewhere between the physical and the non-physical. Is this a dream? Is part of this a dream and part of it real? If so, which is which? You begin to listen closer and to wake up. You have heard detailed information about the lives of individuals that lived over a hundred years ago, and all are speaking of their experiences in an Ohio lunatic asylum. Then the conversation moves from past to present, and suddenly they are speaking to you! They begin to involve you in this conversation and ask for your help. Could you do what is asked of you? Could you make sense of this? Discover the people and their stories that have been independently verified as they unfold, and this story now becomes a quest. Find out how an Ohio blacksmith and his family accept this challenge and begin an unforgettable journey between the present and the past.

The Asylum

Author: Johan Theorin

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1448127823

Category: Fiction

Page: 496

View: 2760

FROM THE WINNER OF THE CWA INTERNATIONAL DAGGER 2010 FOR THE DARKEST ROOM 'A compelling and scary psychological thriller' - Sunday Mirror Who amongst us can really say they’re sane? Jan has just started working at the Dell nursery. But this is no normal nursery. It’s linked to a high-security asylum by a dimly-lit underground tunnel, which is used for the children to visit their parents. Who are some of the most dangerous psychopaths in the country. And Jan has complicated reasons for being here. There’s something he’s not telling people about his past. And there’s someone in the asylum who he really wants to see . . .


Voices Behind the Razor Wire

Author: Heather Tyler

Publisher: Lothian Children's Books

ISBN: 9780734405364

Category: Social Science

Page: 238

View: 9611

A collection of first hand accounts describing what has driven asylum seekers to flee their homelands to come to Australia seeking refuge, and detailing the traumas involved both in flight from their homes and in detention on Australian shores. Also looks at Australia's perception of asylum seekers and media portrayals.

Asylum and Exile

The Hidden Voices of London

Author: Bidisha

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780857422101

Category: Social Science

Page: 152

View: 3522

Asylum and Exile is the result of several months of personal outreach to refugees and asylum seekers that goes behind the headlines to reveal the humanity, tragedy, and bravery of the individuals who have left everything behind to seek sanctuary from violence in the UK. Bidisha offers moving stories of refugees who have fled war, violent persecution, or civil unrest in countries as diverse as Cameroon, Iran, Syria, Somalia, Malawi, Burundi, the Congo, and Sierra Leone. Some of the individuals have been in the UK for a few months, others for more than a decade. Bidisha chronicles their experiences, revealing that though many used to be mathematicians, composers, criminologists, accountants, and teachers, in England, without money and papers authorizing them to work, they must work illegally as cleaners, factory workers, dishwashers, health care assistants, and at other unstable, unseen, underpaid, and grueling jobs. Their London life is one of trying to survive on five pounds a day, of interminable bus journeys across the capital, appointments with legal aid workers, and reliance on near-strangers to get a foothold with little or no support. Despite this, as Bidisha shows, their unerring humor, vivacity, talent, and will to survive is a testament to the blazing resilience of the human spirit.

The Bughouse

The Poetry, Politics, and Madness of Ezra Pound

Author: Daniel Swift

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

ISBN: 0374709580

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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A captivating biography of Ezra Pound told via the stories of his visitors at St. Elizabeths Hospital In 1945, the great American poet Ezra Pound was deemed insane. He was due to stand trial for treason for his fascist broadcasts in Italy during the war. Instead, he escaped a possible death sentence and was held at St. Elizabeths Hospital for the insane for more than a decade. While there, his visitors included the stars of modern poetry: T. S. Eliot, Elizabeth Bishop, John Berryman, Robert Lowell, Charles Olson, and William Carlos Williams, among others. They would sit with Pound on the hospital grounds, bring him news of the outside world, and discuss everything from literary gossip to past escapades. This was perhaps the world’s most unorthodox literary salon: convened by a fascist and held in a lunatic asylum. Those who came often recorded what they saw. Pound was at his most infamous, most hated, and most followed. At St. Elizabeths he was a genius and a madman, a contrarian and a poet, and impossible to ignore. In The Bughouse, Daniel Swift traces Pound and his legacy, walking the halls of St. Elizabeths and meeting modern-day neofascists in Rome. Unlike a traditional biography, The Bughouse sees Pound through the eyes of others at a critical moment both in Pound’s own life and in twentieth-century art and politics. It portrays a fascinating, multifaceted artist, and illuminates the many great poets who gravitated toward this most difficult of men.

The Lives They Left Behind

Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic

Author: Darby Penney

Publisher: ReadHowYouWant.com

ISBN: 1458765989

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 416

View: 8004

More than four hundred abandoned suitcases filled with patients' belongings were found when Willard Psychiatric Center closed in 1995 after 125 years of operation. In this fully-illustrated social history, they are skillfully examined and compared to the written record to create a moving-and devastating-group portrait of twentieth-century American psychiatric care.

The Asylum

True Tales of Madness from a Life in Fashion

Author: Simon Doonan

Publisher: Blue Rider Press

ISBN: 0399173714

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 3482

After nearly a lifetime spent in fashion, author and fashion insider Simon Doonan is ready to let you in on a little secret- his peers in this multibillion-dollar industry are just as nutty as the denizens of your local loony bin. In The Asylum, an unabashedly hilarious collection of autobiographical essays, Doonan, the creative ambassador for Barneys New York, tells the real-life stories of glamorous madness and stylish insanity. With his gimlet eye for the absurd and a love for eccentricity, Doonan's personal and professional stories never fail to entertain. 'The David Sedaris of the style universe' (The Boston Globe) gives us the scoop on the kooky, cutthroat - but always fabulous - fashion world and proves himself one of the sharpest humourist writing today. 'Simon Doonan is one funny gay nugget.' Chelsea Handler'The fashion world is - in a word - hysterical! Simon Doonan is the one man who sees it and tells it like it (absurdly) is.' Marc Jacobs'Simon Doonan is the Bon Qui Qui of fashion - stirring things up and reminding us to keep a sense of humor.' Alexander Wang'In The Asylum,Simon Doonan's comedic genius explodes out of highbrow shoe boxes.' Leandra Medine, author and blogger (Man Repeller)

Life at the Texas State Lunatic Asylum, 1857-1997

Author: Sarah C. Sitton

Publisher: Texas A&M University Press

ISBN: 9780890968598

Category: History

Page: 190

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The nineteenth-century "cult of curability" engendered the optimistic belief that mental illness could be cured under ideal conditions -- removal from the stresses of everyday life to asylum, a pleasant, well-regulated environment where healthy meals, daily exercise, and social contact were the norm. This utopian view led to the reform and establishment of lunatic asylums throughout the United States. The Texas State Lunatic Asylum (later called the Austin State Hospital) followed national trends, and its history documents national mental health practices in microcosm. Drawing on diverse sources -- patient records from the nineteenth century, papers and reports of the institution's various superintendents, transcripts of interviews of former employees, newspaper accounts, personal memoirs, and interviews -- Sarah C. Sitton has recreated what life in "our little town" was like from the institution's opening in 1861 to its de-institutionalization in the 1980s and 1990s. For more than a century, the asylum community resembled a self-sufficient village complete with its own blacksmith shop, icehouse, movie theater, brass band, baseball team, and undertakers. Beautifully landscaped grounds and gravel lanes attracted locals for Sunday carriage drives. Patients tended livestock, tilled gardens, helped prepare meals, and cleaned wards. Their routines might include weekly dances and religious services, as well as cold tubs, paraldehyde, and electroshock. Employees, from the superintendent on down, lived on the grounds, and their children grew up "with inmates for playmates." While the superintendent exercised almost feudal power, deciding if staff could date or marry, a multigenerational"clan" of several interlinked families controlled its day-to-day operations for decades. With the current emphasis on community-based care for the mentally ill and the negative consequences of de-institutionalization increasingly apparent, the debate on how best to care for the state's -- and the nation's -- mentally ill continues. This examination offers historical and practical insights which will be of interest to practitioners and policy makers in the field of mental health as well as to individuals interested in the history of the state of Texas.

The Last Asylum

A Memoir of Madness in Our Times

Author: Barbara Taylor

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 022627408X

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 8892

In the late 1970s, Barbara Taylor, then an acclaimed young historian, began to suffer from severe anxiety. In the years that followed, Taylor’s world contracted around her illness. Eventually, her struggles were severe enough to lead to her admission to what had once been England’s largest psychiatric institution, the infamous Friern Mental Hospital in North London. The Last Asylum is Taylor’s breathtakingly blunt and brave account of those years. In it, Taylor draws not only on her experience as a historian, but also, more importantly, on her own lived history at Friern— once known as the Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum and today the site of a luxury apartment complex. Taylor was admitted to Friern in July 1988, not long before England’s asylum system began to undergo dramatic change: in a development that was mirrored in America, the 1990s saw the old asylums shuttered, their patients left to plot courses through a perpetually overcrowded and underfunded system of community care. But Taylor contends that the emptying of the asylums also marked a bigger loss, a loss of community. She credits her own recovery to the help of a steadfast psychoanalyst and a loyal circle of friends— from Magda, Taylor’s manic-depressive roommate, to Fiona, who shares tips for navigating the system and stories of her boyfriend, the “Spaceman,” and his regular journeys to Saturn. The forging of that network of support and trust was crucial to Taylor’s recovery, offering a respite from the “stranded, homeless feelings” she and others found in the outside world. A vivid picture of mental health treatment at a moment of epochal change, The Last Asylum is also a moving meditation on Taylor’s own experience, as well as that of millions of others who struggle with mental illness.

Voices from the Plains

Author: Gianni Celati

Publisher: Serpents Tail


Category: Fiction

Page: 158

View: 5657

Stories illuminate the lives of a variety of people in modern Italy who must cope with the banality of life and the need to keep up appearances

The Victorian Asylum

Author: Sarah Rutherford

Publisher: Shire Publications

ISBN: 9780747806691

Category: History

Page: 56

View: 9210

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.

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: 4427

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