Session 46: “The Nineteenth-Century Idée Fixe: The Concept of Monomania and its Influence on Literature”

Session 46 of our seminar will take place on Wednesday 7 June 2017 at the Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7 (Bâtiment Olympes de Gouges, salle 347, 17h30-19h30).

Mathilde Vialard (Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7) will give a paper entitled “The Nineteenth-Century Idée Fixe: The Concept of Monomania and its Influence on Literature.” Her respondent will be Pr. Christine Berthin-Murphy (Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense).

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Théodore Géricault, La Monomane de l’envie (The Mad Woman), 1819-1821, oil on canvas, 72 × 58 cm, Musée des beaux-arts de Lyon

 

We will work with extracts from the following texts:

– Esquirol, Étienne, Mental Maladies; a Treatise on Insanity. Translated from the French by Ebenezer Kingsbury Hunt (1845) [1838 (original French edition)]. p320-323
– De Saussure, Raymond, “The Influence Of The Concept Of Monomania On French Medico-Legal Psychiatry (From 1825 To 1840)”. Journal Of The History Of Medicine And Allied Sciences, vol 1, no. 3, 1946, pp. 365-397. Oxford University Press (OUP), doi:10.1093/jhmas/1.3.365. p365-369 The Influence Of The Concept Of Monomania On French Medico-Legal Psychiatry (From 1825 To 1840)
– Braddon, M.E, and Lyn Pykett. Lady Audley’s Secret. 1st ed., Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2012,. p223-305

The seminar takes place at 5.30pm the following address: salle 347, Bâtiment “Olympe-de-Gouges”, 8 place Paul-Ricoeur, 75013, métro/RER Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand. http://www.univ-paris-diderot.fr/DocumentsFCK/implantations/File/Plan_A3_GE_2012-2013.pdf

All are welcome!

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