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IdiocyA Cultural History$
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Patrick McDonagh

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781846310959

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846315367

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Sensational idiocy

Sensational idiocy

(p.231) Chapter 10 Sensational idiocy
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This chapter pairs the ambiguous representations of idiocy in the 1860s ‘sensation novel’ with ideas of physiological and moral education developed by Édouard Séguin and his many followers, also primarily in the 1860s, to argue that these new ways of constructing the reader as subject to ‘sensation’ take shape by juxtaposition to the concept of the uncertainly ‘insensate’ idiot.

Keywords:   idiocy, sensation novels, Édouard Séguin, insensate idiot, moral education

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