'Long grief, dark melancholy, hopeless natural love': Clarissa, Cheyne and narratives of body and soul.

Lawlor, Clark (2006) 'Long grief, dark melancholy, hopeless natural love': Clarissa, Cheyne and narratives of body and soul. Gesnerus, 63 (1-2). pp. 103-112. ISSN 0016-9161

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Abstract

The paper deals with Clarissa's wasting combination of love and religious melancholy, and the way in which ailments of the mind have an immediate effect on the body in this period. George Cheyne's theories of melancholy and hypochondria explain at least some of the mechanisms by which the eighteenth century understood this phenomenon. 'Clarissa' is an important text because it influenced so many later representations of melancholy, especially as it is gendered feminine in Richardson's newly feminised discourse of sensibility.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
C800 Psychology
Q300 English studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2015 14:19
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2017 12:02
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/20048

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