Volume 7, Number 1 (Summer 2016)

Victorian Brain

Sally Shuttleworth, Professor of English (University of Oxford)

In April 1878 the first issue of Brain: A Journal of Neurology was published. Edited by the eminent psychiatrists J. C. Bucknill and James Crichton-Browne, and by the rising stars in the field of experimental and clinical studies of the brain, David Ferrier and John Hughlings Jackson, it sought to lay claim to a new disciplinary territory: neurology. An index of the journal’s self-conscious modernity in its use of this term is perhaps to be found in the fact that nearly a century and a half later it is still a leading journal in the field, and publishing under exactly the same title. 1 Indeed, there are even similarities in format, with clinical case studies accompanied by articles addressing medical issues of the day, such as ‘brain forcing’ of school children, or effects of alcohol on the brain, in the 1878 volume, matched by short pieces on the Zika virus and Alzheimer’s, in recent issues. 2 Such apparent similarity and continuity of course also masks major shifts. (...) Read the full text here.

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Table of Contents


Guest Editor’s Introduction: Victorian Brain Abstract PDF
Sally Shuttleworth (University of Oxford)
Lucid Daydreaming: Experience and Pathology in Charlotte Brontë Abstract PDF
Timothy Gao (University of Oxford)
Two Brains and a Tree: Defining the Material Bases for Delusion and Reality in the Woodlanders Abstract PDF
Anna West (University of St Andrews, UK)
‘The Apotheosis of Voice’: Mesmerism as Mechanisation in George Du Maurier’s Trilby Abstract PDF
Kristie A. Schlauraff (Cornell University)
Female Transcendence: Charles Howard Hinton and Hyperspace Fiction Abstract PDF
Patricia Beesley (Newcastle University)
The Hand and the Mind, the Man and the Monster Abstract PDF
Kimberly Cox (Chadron State College)

Book Reviews

A Cultural History of the Senses in the Age of Empire, Vol. 5, ed. Constance Classen (Bloomsbury, 2014) PDF
Ian Middlebrook (Edge Hill University)
Popular Fiction and Brain Science in the Late Nineteenth Century, by Anne Stiles (Cambridge, 2011) PDF
Arden Hegele (Columbia University)
Thomas Hardy’s Brains: Psychology, Neurology, and Hardy’s Imagination, by Suzanne Keen (Ohio State, 2014) PDF
Nicole Lobdell (Georgia Institute of Technology)
The Poet’s Mind: The Psychology of Victorian Poetry 1830-1870, by Gregory Tate (Oxford, 2012) PDF
Benjamin Westwood (Wadham College, University of Oxford)
Theatre and Evolution from Ibsen to Beckett, by Kirsten Shepherd-Barr (Columbia, 2015) PDF
Katharina Herold (Pembroke College, University of Oxford)

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