Nervous Acts

Essays on Literature, Culture and Sensibility

  • Authors
  • George S. Rousseau

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Essays, 1969–1993

  4. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 339-339
    2. George S. Rousseau
      Pages 341-349
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 350-395

About this book


These essays demonstrate the sweeping influence of the human nervous system on the rise of literature and sensibility in early modern Europe. The brain and nerves have usually been treated as narrow topics within the history of science and medicine. Now George Rousseau, an international authority on the relations of literature and medicine, demonstrates why a broader context is necessary. The nervous system was a crucial factor in the rise of recent civilization. More than any other body part, it holds the key to understanding how far back the strains and stresses of modern life - fatigue, depression, mental illness - extend.


1989 Europe history Imagination Rousseau

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