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The Resource Mental anatomies of William Godwin and Mary Shelley, William D. Brewer

Mental anatomies of William Godwin and Mary Shelley, William D. Brewer

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Mental anatomies of William Godwin and Mary Shelley
Title
Mental anatomies of William Godwin and Mary Shelley
Statement of responsibility
William D. Brewer
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "The Mental Anatomies of William Godwin and Mary Shelley focuses on the influence of enlightenment and Romantic-era theories of the mind on the writings of Godwin and Shelley and examines the ways in which these writers use their fiction to explore such psychological phenomena as ruling passions, madness, the therapeutic value of confessions (both spoken and written), and the significance of dreams. In many cases, associationist psychology and the theory of the ruling passions enable Godwin and Shelley to provide fascinating and sophisticated insights into their characters' mental processes and behaviors
  • A number of their mental anatomies reflect the influence of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions and his conceptions of mental transparency, sincerity, and environmental conditioning. Because his primary focus is on Godwinian and Shelleyan perspectives on the mind and its operations, Brewer avoids twentieth-century psychological terminology and ideas in his discussions of their fiction."
  • "In The Mental Anatomies of William Godwin and Mary Shelley, Brewer contends that Godwin's and Shelley's literary mental anatomies should be regarded as exploratory and often inclusive thought-experiments. He organizes it by themes rather than by chronology or works. For the most part, he focuses on their lesser-known writings
  • In an effort to contextualize their fictional treatments of psychological themes, Brewer also considers the works of other Romantic-era writers including Mary Wollstonecraft, Joanna Baillie, Mary Hays, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, and Charles Brockden Brown, as well as the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century philosophical and medical theories that informed Godwin's and Shelley's presentations of mental states and types of behavior."--Jacket
  • "The Mental Anatomies of William Godwin and Mary Shelley focuses on the influence of enlightenment and Romantic-era theories of the mind on the writings of Godwin and Shelley and examines the ways in which these writers use their fiction to explore such psychological phenomena as ruling passions, madness, the therapeutic value of confessions (both spoken and written), and the significance of dreams. In many cases, associationist psychology and the theory of the ruling passions enable Godwin and Shelley to provide fascinating and sophisticated insights into their characters' mental processes and behaviors. A number of their mental anatomies reflect the influence of Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions and his conceptions of mental transparency, sincerity, and environmental conditioning. Because his primary focus is on Godwinian and Shelleyan perspectives on the mind and its operations, Brewer avoids twentieth-century psychological terminology and ideas in his discussions of their fiction." "In The Mental Anatomies of William Godwin and Mary Shelley, Brewer contends that Godwin's and Shelley's literary mental anatomies should be regarded as exploratory and often inclusive thought-experiments. He organizes it by themes rather than by chronology or works. For the most part, he focuses on their lesser-known writings. In an effort to contextualize their fictional treatments of psychological themes, Brewer also considers the works of other Romantic-era writers including Mary Wollstonecraft, Joanna Baillie, Mary Hays, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, and Charles Brockden Brown, as well as the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century philosophical and medical theories that informed Godwin's and Shelley's presentations of mental states and types of behavior."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
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Brewer, William D.
Dewey number
823/.609353
Index
index present
LC call number
PR5398
LC item number
.B74 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Fathers and daughters in literature
  • Psychology in literature
  • Psychological fiction, English
  • Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
  • Godwin, William
  • Godwin, William
Label
Mental anatomies of William Godwin and Mary Shelley, William D. Brewer
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-241) and index
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volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
44502446
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
246 pages
Isbn
9780838638705
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00057303
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Mental anatomies of William Godwin and Mary Shelley, William D. Brewer
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-241) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
44502446
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
246 pages
Isbn
9780838638705
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
00057303
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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