Victorian Persistence Seminar, session 20: ‘”The asylum and the community”: The Prestwich and Rainhill asylums in the local press, 1851-1901.’

Session 20 of our seminar took place on Wednesday 4th of December 2013 at the Université Paris Diderot (Salle 580 F, 17h30-19h30).

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Claire Deligny (Université Paris Diderot) gave a paper entitled “‘The asylum and the community’: The Prestwich and Rainhill asylums in the local press, 1851-1901.” Her respondent was Catherine Cox (University College, Dublin).

Claire Deligny and Catherine Cox

Claire Deligny and Catherine Cox

We worked with the following texts:

– John C. Bucknill and Daniel H. Tuke, A Manual for Psychological Medicine: Containing the History, Nosology, Description, Statistics, Diagnosis, Pathology, and Treatment of Insanity with and Appendix of Cases (London: John Churchill, 1862), pp. 72-76. Doc 1 – Definitions of insanity

– Thomas Bewley, Madness to Mental Illness: A History of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych Publications: London, 2008), pp. 4-7. Doc 2 – Public asylum provision in Britain

– Peter McCandless, ‘Liberty and lunacy: the Victorians and wrongful confinement’, Journal of Social History, 1978, vol. 11, no 3, pp. 366-386. Doc 3 – Wrongful confinement

The seminar is held monthly at the following address: Halle aux farines, salle Hall E ou F, 5ème étage: accès par le hall E ou F,  9 esplanade Pierre Vidal-Naquet 75013 Paris ou 10 rue Françoise Dolto 75013 Paris, métro Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand.

All are welcome!

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