Miss Helen Goodman

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I am in my third year of a PhD in the English Department at Royal Holloway, University of London, writing a thesis on madness and masculinity in English literature and culture c. 1850-1910. My interdisciplinary research draws on literary studies, the history of psychiatry, and gender studies. Departing from numerous publications on insanity and femininity, my project seeks to illuminate the relatively neglected subject of masculinity.

My work draws on material including fiction (by Charles Dickens, Anthony Trollope, Wilkie Collins, Charles Reade, John Galsworthy and others), psychiatric journals, asylum photographs, etiquette and advice manuals, personal diaries, legal reports and medical case notes from lunatic asylums in the London area (Holloway Sanatorium, Bethlem Hospital, St Luke’s Hospital, Hanwell Asylum, and Brookwood Asylum in particular).

 

Blog: http://c19madmen.wordpress.com/

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