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8. In the Madhouse
Inner Circle Seminar No. 187
Sunday 10 February 2013
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Alexander Cruden (
This seminar will look at the circumstances of Cruden’s confinements, and consider both his treatment while held as a madman and his behaviour and reactions during confinement and in its aftermath, as related in his works of protest. In particular, because of the detail included within the works, it is possible to look at his relations with his gaolers, with those he holds responsible for his confinement, with the medical staff of the establishments – such as they were – and with other inmates.
Allan Ingram is Professor of English at the University of Northumbria and a specialist in literature of the eighteenth century. He has particular interests in the relations between writing and insanity and writing and depression. As well as publications on James Boswell, Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope, he has published The Madhouse of Language (Routledge, 1991), looking at how insanity was written about by both patients and medical professionals, and Cultural Construction of Madness in Eighteenth-Century Writing: Representing the Insane (Palgrave, 2005, with Michelle Faubert), which considers the ways in which insanity was appropriated by mainstream writers. Between 2006 and 2009 he was director of a major research project, ‘Before Depression, 1660-1800’, which was funded by the Leverhulme Trust (see http://www.beforedepression.com/). Publications from this are forthcoming. Melancholy Experience in Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century (Ingram et al.) was published in 2011 by Palgrave, with a major four-volume set of source materials (Wetherall Dickson, Ingram et al.) due to be published by Pickering & Chatto in 2012. He has also published two earlier collections of insanity source materials: Voices of Madness: Four Pamphlets (Sutton, 1997, including Cruden’s The London-Citizen) and Patterns of Madness in the Eighteenth Century (Liverpool University Press, 1998). His edition of Gulliver’s Travels was published by Broadview in February 2012.
Cost: Psychotherapy trainees £116, others £145, some bursaries; coffee, tea, biscuits, mineral water and liquorice allsorts included; payable in advance; no refunds or transfers unless seminar cancelled
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