The Architecture of Madness

Author: Carla Yanni
Publisher: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816649396
Format: PDF
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Theaters of Madness

Author: Benjamin Reiss
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 0226709655
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In the mid-1800s, a utopian movement to rehabilitate the insane resulted in a wave of publicly funded asylums—many of which became unexpected centers of cultural activity. Housed in magnificent structures with lush grounds, patients participated in theatrical programs, debating societies, literary journals, schools, and religious services. Theaters of Madness explores both the culture these rich offerings fomented and the asylum’s place in the fabric of nineteenth-century life, reanimating a time when the treatment of the insane was a central topic in debates over democracy, freedom, and modernity. Benjamin Reiss explores the creative lives of patients and the cultural demands of their doctors. Their frequently clashing views turned practically all of American culture—from blackface minstrel shows to the works of William Shakespeare—into a battlefield in the war on insanity. Reiss also shows how asylums touched the lives and shaped the writing of key figures, such as Emerson and Poe, who viewed the system alternately as the fulfillment of a democratic ideal and as a kind of medical enslavement. Without neglecting this troubling contradiction, Theaters of Madness prompts us to reflect on what our society can learn from a generation that urgently and creatively tried to solve the problem of mental illness.

Angels in the Architecture

Author: Heidi Johnson
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
ISBN: 0814332129
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An intimate photographic journey into 115 years of history inside a nineteenth-century asylum.

Madness in America

Author: Lynn Gamwell
Publisher: Cornell Univ Pr
ISBN: 9780801431616
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Drawing on a rich array of sources, Lynn Gamwell and Nancy Tomes explore the historical roots of American's understanding of madness in this lavishly illustrated book.


Author: Christopher Payne
Publisher: Mit Press
ISBN: 9780262013499
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Powerful photographs of the grand exteriors and crumbling interiors of America's abandoned state mental hospitals.


Author: Enoch Callaway
Publisher: Praeger Publishers
ISBN: 9780275997045
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An intimate look at the patients, professionals, and practices at the nation's first state insane asylum.

Death Rode the Rails

Author: Mark Aldrich
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801882364
Format: PDF
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A fascinating account of one of America's most important industries and its dangers.

Vanished in Hiawatha

Author: Carla Joinson
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 080328098X
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"A harrowing look into the mistreatment of Native American patients at the Canton Asylum for Insane Indians from 1902-1934"--