The Mental Anatomies of William Godwin and Mary Shelley

Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2001 - 246 páginas
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This book explores 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. Unlike most studies of Godwin and Shelley, it does not privilege their masterworks -- for the most part, it focuses on their lesser-known writings. Brewer also considers the works of other Romantic-era writers, 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.

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Página 23 - Ideas that in themselves are not all of kin, come to be so united in some men's minds, that it is very hard to separate them; they always keep in company, and the one no sooner at any time comes into the understanding, but its associate appears with it; and if there are more than two which are thus united, the whole gang, always inseparable, show themselves together.
Página 39 - Je puis faire des omissions dans les faits, des transpositions, des erreurs de dates ; mais je ne puis me tromper sur ce que j'ai senti, ni sur ce que mes sentiments m'ont fait faire : et voilà de quoi principalement il s'agit.

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