Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth-Century American Culture

Theaters of Madness Insane Asylums and Nineteenth Century American Culture In the mid s a utopian movement to rehabilitate the insane resulted in a wave of publicly funded asylums many of which became unexpected centers of cultural activity Housed in magnificent structu

  • Title: Theaters of Madness: Insane Asylums and Nineteenth-Century American Culture
  • Author: Benjamin Reiss
  • ISBN: 9780226709642
  • Page: 390
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the mid 1800s, a utopian movement to rehabilitate the insane resulted in a wave of publicly funded asylums many of which became unexpected centers of cultural activity Housed in magnificent structures with lush grounds, patients participated in theatrical programs, debating societies, literary journals, schools, and religious services Theaters of Madness explores bothIn the mid 1800s, a utopian movement to rehabilitate the insane resulted in a wave of publicly funded asylums many of which became unexpected centers of cultural activity Housed in magnificent structures with lush grounds, patients participated in theatrical programs, debating societies, literary journals, schools, and religious services Theaters of Madness explores both the culture these rich offerings fomented and the asylum s place in the fabric of nineteenth century life, reanimating a time when the treatment of the insane was a central topic in debates over democracy, freedom, and modernity Benjamin Reiss explores the creative lives of patients and the cultural demands of their doctors Their frequently clashing views turned practically all of American culture from blackface minstrel shows to the works of William Shakespeare into a battlefield in the war on insanity Reiss also shows how asylums touched the lives and shaped the writing of key figures, such as Emerson and Poe, who viewed the system alternately as the fulfillment of a democratic ideal and as a kind of medical enslavement Without neglecting this troubling contradiction, Theaters of Madness prompts us to reflect on what our society can learn from a generation that urgently and creatively tried to solve the problem of mental illness.

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    1. I thought Theaters of Madness was very helpful for my purposes I learned a great deal about the moral treatment movement, the types of therapies asylums pursued, what mental illnesses people were admitted for and what impact institutionalization had upon men and women, and much Reiss offers an alternative viewpoint with regard to institutionalization sometimes challenging Foucault And, in light of recent conversations about the role mental health plays in the mass murders we have seen of late, [...]


    2. Excellent overview of the rise and fall of the mental hospital and its relationship to 19th century culture and society.




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