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Matus, Jill L., 1952-
Shock, memory and the unconscious in Victorian fiction / Jill L. Matus
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2009
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 4th Floor  PR468.P68 M38 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) 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
Physical Description x, 247 p. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 226-235) and index
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
Review "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."--BOOK JACKET
Series Cambridge studies in nineteenth-century literature and culture ; 69

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