Madness in Nineteenth-Century Literature Further Reading

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Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)

Felman, Shoshana. "Gustave Flaubert: Living Writing, or Madness as Cliché." In Writing and Madness, translated by Martha Noel Evans and the author, with the assistance of Brian Massumi, pp. 78-100. Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1978.

Studies Flaubert's early work, Memoirs of a Madman, demonstrating the ways in which the various readings of the text contradict themselves, but that in doing so, these interpretations "reveal the dynamics of the production of meaning in the text as inseparable from such questions of approach and from a general problematic of reading."

Lougy, Robert E. "The Sounds and Silence of Madness: Language as Theme in Tennyson's Maud." Victorian Poetry 22, No. 4 (Winter 1984): 407-26.

Examines the way in which madness pervades Maud, in terms of content, language, and form.

Martin, Ellen E. "The Madness of Jane Austen: Metonymie Style and Literature's Resistance to Interpretation." In Jane Austen's Beginnings: The Juvenilia and Lady Susan, edited by J. David Grey, pp. 83-94. Ann Arbor, Mich.: UMI Research Press, 1989.

Analyzes the juvenilia of Austen, arguing that in these works Austen's narrative does not depend on causation or plot but that the author reduces "causality and common sense into the metonymie names and objects we use to figure our desires…. "In this manner, Martin maintains, we as readers are able to interpret the apparent madness of the characters.

Matus, Jill L. "Disclosure as 'Cover-up': The Discourse of Madness in Lady Audley's Secret." University of Toronto Quarterly 62, No. 3 (Spring 1993): 334-55.

Suggests that Mary Braddon uses the revelation of Lady Audley's madness at the end of the novel to offset the "uncomfortable implications" of issues related to economics and class that have earlier been raised in the story.

McCarthy, Paul. "Fact, Opinions, and Possibilities: Melville's Treatment of Insanity Through White-Jacket" Studies in the Novel XVI, No. 2 (Summer 1984): 167-81.

Surveys the range and depth of insanity in the characters in Melville's White-Jacket, attributing the portrayals in part to Melville's readings of psychological studies and articles.

Oberhelman, David D. "Trollope's Insanity Defense: Narrative Alienation in He Knew He Was Right." Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 35, No. 4 (Autumn 1995): 789-806.

Maintains that Trollope relates the depiction of madness to "the questions of personal identity" which form...

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