No 15 (2012)

Perspectives on Pain

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This issue of 19, guest edited by Louise Hide, Joanna Bourke, and Carmen Mangion, examines the meaning of pain - for sufferers, physicians, and other witnesses - in the nineteenth century. Articles by social and cultural historians, and by literary scholars, discuss the implications of shifting discourses in personal narratives, in religious communities, and in philosophical, medical, and psychiatric texts. Analysing language in the diverse theories of the period, this issue extends and deepens our understanding of the complex interaction between the body, mind, and culture in order to gain insight into the ever-changing subjective experience of pain.

The Birkbeck Pain Project examines narratives of bodily pain produced from the mid-eighteenth century to the present day. Funded by the Wellcome Trust, the three-year project, led by Professor Joanna Bourke, is based at the Department of History, Classics, and Archaeology.




Table of Contents


Perspectives on Pain: Introduction Abstract PDF HTML
Louise Hide, Joanna Bourke, Carmen Mangion
The Sensible and Insensible Body: A Visual Essay Abstract PDF HTML
Joanna Bourke
The Fire-Raisers: Bentham and Torture Abstract PDF HTML
Jeremy Davies
‘Why, would you have me live upon a gridiron?’: Pain, Identity, and Emotional Communities in Nineteenth-Century English Convent Culture Abstract PDF HTML
Carmen M. Mangion
Pain Without Lesion: Debate Among American Neurologists, 1850–1900 Abstract PDF HTML
Daniel Goldberg
Species of Compassion: Aesthetics, Anaesthetics, and Pain in the Physiological Laboratory Abstract PDF HTML
Rob Boddice
The Patient’s Pain in Her Own Words: Margaret Mathewson’s ‘Sketch of Eight Months a Patient, in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, A.D. 1877’ Abstract PDF HTML
Mary Wilson Carpenter
Anaesthetic Bodies and the Absence of Feeling: Pain and Self-Mutilation in Later Nineteenth-Century Psychiatry Abstract PDF HTML
Sarah Chaney
Making Sense of Pain: Delusions, Syphilis, and Somatic Pain in London County Council Asylums, c. 1900 Abstract PDF HTML
Louise Hide

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