The Confounding of Archibald Dunn – Revivalism and the Asylum

The Victorianist: BAVS Postgraduates

Liz Gray is a part-time third-year PhD student at the Centre for the History of Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London. Her thesis is entitled: Nineteenth Comparative Psychology and the Role of Animals in the Asylum, exploring the role emotions played in the defining of a sub-discipline of Psychology and the ways animals were used scientifically and therapeutically in Victorian Asylums. She has presented papers on the disciplinary history of Comparative Psychology, concepts of ‘Communities of Disease’ and emotional madness in dogs. She has published the chapter ‘Body, Mind and Madness: Pain in Animals in Nineteenth-Century Comparative Psychology’ in Pain and Emotion in Modern History (ed. Rob Boddice). She tweets at @lizanngray and blogs at She has a general interest in the history of psychiatry, particularly in relation to Scottish asylums.

On the 15th September 1860, 34-year-old Archibald Dunn was admitted to The James Murray Royal Asylum…

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