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The Age of Hypochondria

Interpreting Romantic Health and Illness

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About this book


Examining the ways in which hypochondria forms both a malady and a metaphor for a range of British Romantic writers, Grinnell contends that this is not one illness amongst many, but a disorder of the very ability to distinguish between illness and health, a malady of interpretation that mediates a broad spectrum of pressing cultural questions.


anatomy Coleridge health Percy Bysshe Shelley Romanticism Samuel Taylor Coleridge

About the authors

GEORGE C. GRINNELL is Assistant Professor in the Department of Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, Canada, where he teaches Critical Theory and Romanticism. He has published articles and book chapters on Romantic-era medicalized discourse as well as biometrics and questions of terror in the period. 

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'The Age of Hypochondria demonstrates sound scholarship, highly competent knowledge of its period, and a facile use of current theories of interpretation. Its choice of subject and authors treated will give it a distinct and original place among the roster of good books on Romantic medicine published in recent years.' Hermione de Almeida, Pauline Walter Chair in Comparative Literature, University of Tulsa, USA