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Madness in Seventeenth-Century Autobiography

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Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Katharine Hodgkin
    Pages 1-18
  3. Katharine Hodgkin
    Pages 60-85
  4. Katharine Hodgkin
    Pages 118-134
  5. Katharine Hodgkin
    Pages 135-158
  6. Katharine Hodgkin
    Pages 159-176
  7. Katharine Hodgkin
    Pages 177-191
  8. Katharine Hodgkin
    Pages 192-197
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 198-266

About this book


What did it mean to be mad in seventeenth-century England? This book uses vivid autobiographical accounts of mental disorder to explore the ways madness was identified and experienced from the inside, asking how certain people came to be defined as insane, and what we can learn from the accounts they wrote.


England history seventeenth century

About the authors

KATHARINE HODGKIN teaches in the School of Social Sciences, Media and Cultural Studies at the University of East London, UK. She has published articles on various aspects of early modern cultural history, including gender, autobiography, madness, witchcraft and dreams, and co-edited with Susannah Radstone two volumes of essays on memory. She is currently preparing an edition of the writings of Dionys Fitzherbert.

Bibliographic information


'...a welcome, thought-provoking contribution to our understanding of the cultural history of madness...' - Elena Carrera Reviews in History