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The Elusive BrainLiterary Experiments in the Age of Neuroscience$
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Jason Tougaw

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780300221176

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300221176.001.0001

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Interlude: Interview with Maud Casey

Interlude: Interview with Maud Casey

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(p.179) Interlude: Interview with Maud Casey
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The Elusive Brain
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Jason Tougaw

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300221176.003.0009

In this interlude, Tougaw and Casey discuss her novel The Man Who Walked Away in the context of cultural and historical fluctuations in the diagnosis of mental experience as pathology. The conversation ranges through discussions of Ian Hacking’s book Mad Travellers: Reflections on the Reality of Transient Mental Illness, nineteenth-century theories of “moral treatment,” Casey’s approach to historical fiction and narration, and contemporary debates about diagnosis and labeling of mental illness.

Keywords:   Transient mental illness, Moral treatment, Bipolar disorder, Manic depression, Historical fiction, Narration

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