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Representing EpilepsyMyth and Matter$
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Jeannette Stirling

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781846312373

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846316173

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Notes from the borderlands: repressing the returned

Notes from the borderlands: repressing the returned

(p.81) Chapter 3 Notes from the borderlands: repressing the returned
Representing Epilepsy
Liverpool University Press

This chapter discusses the borderlands of epilepsy. It reviews the monks, Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and the untimely death of Arthur Thomas Myers. These ideas and disparate events are all part of the circuit of culture that shapes epilepsy narratives well into the twentieth century. This chapter shows the success of Fyodor Mikhailovitch Dostoevsky in negotiating from the borderlands an enunciative position that compelled medical engagement and dialogue that goes some way in addressing the unliveable oppositions confronting Myers. It also suggests the conflict faced by Myers as a physician and an epileptic at the end of the nineteenth century.

Keywords:   epilepsy, borderlands, monks, Robert Louis Stevenson, Dr Jekyll, Mr Hyde, Arthur Thomas Myers, Fyodor Mikhailovitch Dostoevsky, epileptic

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