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Popular Fiction and Brain Science in the Late Nineteenth Century

Stiles, Anne

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ISBN 10: 1107010012 / ISBN 13: 9781107010017
Published by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2012
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First edition, 2012. Cloth hardcover in dust jacket, 255 pp., clean unmarked text, Fine copy in Near Fine dust jacket, light rubbing or wear to the tips of the dust jacket. Dust jacket housed in archival dust jacket protector. Bookseller Inventory # s00015808

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Title: Popular Fiction and Brain Science in the ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Publication Date: 2012

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: near fine

Edition: First printing.

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In the 1860s and 1870s, leading neurologists used animal experimentation to establish that discrete sections of the brain regulate specific mental and physical functions. These discoveries had immediate medical benefits: David Ferrier's detailed cortical maps, for example, saved lives by helping surgeons locate brain tumors and haemorrhages without first opening up the skull. These experiments both incited controversy and stimulated creative thought, because they challenged the possibility of an extra-corporeal soul. This book examines the cultural impact of neurological experiments on late Victorian Gothic romances by Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, H. G. Wells and others. Novels like Dracula and Jekyll and Hyde expressed the deep-seated fears and visionary possibilities suggested by cerebral localization research and offered a corrective to the linearity and objectivity of late Victorian neurology.

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Explores how Gothic romances engaged with late Victorian cognitive science. The book explains why popular novels like Dracula and Jekyll and Hyde expressed fears and visionary possibilities suggested by contemporary neurological research. This topic will interest literary scholars, historians of science and fans of Gothic literature more generally.

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