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Representing Epilepsy: Myth and Matter

Jeannette Stirling


At least 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy. This book seeks to understand the epileptic body as a literary or figurative device intelligible beyond a medical framework. The author argues that neurological discourse from the late nineteenth century through to the mid-twentieth century is as much forged by the cultural conditions and representational politics of the times as it is by the science of western medicine. Along the way, she explores narratives of epilepsy depicting ideas of social disorder, tainted bloodlines, sexual deviance, spiritualism and criminality in works as diverse a ... More

Keywords: epilepsy, epileptic body, literary device, figurative device, western medicine, neurological discourse, social disorder, sexual deviance, spiritualism, criminality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9781846312373
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013 DOI:10.5949/UPO9781846316173


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeannette Stirling, author