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Author Matus, Jill L., 1952-

Title Shock, memory and the unconscious in Victorian fiction / Jill L. Matus
Published Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (x, 247 pages)
Series Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture ; 69
Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture ; 69
Contents Introduction: the psyche in pain -- Historicizing trauma -- Dream and trance: Gaskell's North and south as a "condition-of-consciousness" novel -- Memory and aftermath: from Dicken's "The signalman" to The mystery of Edwin Drood -- Overwhelming emotion and psychic shock in George Eliot's The lifted veil and Daniel Deronda -- Dissociation and multiple selves: memory, Myers and Stevenson's "shilling shocker" -- Afterword on afterwards
Summary "Jill Matus explores shock in Victorian fiction and psychology with startling results that reconfigure the history of trauma theory. Central to Victorian thinking about consciousness and emotion, shock is a concept that challenged earlier ideas about the relationship between mind and body. Although the new materialist psychology of the midnineteenth century made possible the very concept of a wound to the psyche - the recognition, for example, that those who escaped physically unscathed from train crashes or other overwhelming experiences might still have been injured in some significant way - it was Victorian fiction, with its complex explorations of the inner life of the individual and accounts of upheavals in personal identity, that most fully articulated the idea of the haunted, possessed and traumatized subject. This wide ranging book reshapes our understanding of Victorian theories of mind and memory and reveals the relevance of nineteenth century culture to contemporary theories of trauma."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 226-235) and index
Subject Nervo, Amado
English literature -- 19th century -- Psychological aspects
English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Psychological fiction, English -- History and criticism
Memory in literature.
Subconsciousness in literature.
Emotions in literature.
Psychic trauma in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
Emotions in literature
English literature
English literature -- Psychological aspects
Memory in literature
Psychic trauma in literature
Psychological fiction, English
Subconsciousness in literature
Trauma Motiv
Psychisches Trauma Motiv
Erinnerung Motiv
Unbewusstes Motiv
Psychisches Trauma -- Motiv -- Roman -- englischer.
Roman -- englischer -- Motiv -- Psychisches Trauma.
Psychisches Trauma.
Memory in literature.
Emotions in literature.
Trauma in literature.
English literature -- 19th century.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780511634857