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Idiocy : a cultural history

Author: Patrick McDonagh
Publisher: Liverpool Liverpool University Press 2008
Edition/Format:   Computer file : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The term 'idiot' is a damning put down, whether deployed on the playground or in the board room. People stigmatized as being 'intellectually disabled' today must confront variants of the fear and pity with which society has greeted them for centuries. In this ground-breaking new study Patrick McDonagh explores how artistic, scientific and sociological interpretations of idiocy work symbolically and ideologically in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick McDonagh
ISBN: 9781846315367 1846315360 9781846310959 1846310954
OCLC Number: 967390707
Notes: Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 02 Oct 2015).
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 369 pages)
Contents: Introduction: idiocy, culture and human relations --
'Stripping our own hearts naked': William Wordsworth and John Wilson read 'The idiot boy' --
A 'pupil of innocent nature!' The wild boy of Aveyron goes to Paris --
Diminished men: masculinity and idiocy --
Essential women: feminity and idiocy --
Holy fools, witty fools, depraved fools: folly, innocence and sin --
History, society, economy: holy fools and idiots come home in nineteenth-century literature --
Barnaby Rudge, idiocy and paternalism: assisting the 'poor idiot' --
Innocence, philanthropy and economics: the new 'asylum' idiot --
Sensational idiocy --
'The sins of the fathers': idiocy, evolution and degeneration --
Danger and degeneracy: the threat of the urban idiot --
The problem of the feeble-minded: the Royal Commission, eugenics and eternal chaos --
Epilogue.
Responsibility: Patrick McDonagh.

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