Book ID: CBB125832146

Representing Mental Illness in Late Medieval France: Machines, Madness, Metaphor (2018)


Singer, Julie (Author)

D.S. Brewer

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 374 pp.
Language: English

At the turn of the fifteenth century it must have seemed to many French people that the world was going mad. King Charles VI suffered his first bout of mental illness in 1392, and he underwent intermittent bouts of frenzy, melancholy and ever-scarcer lucidity until his death in 1422. The king's scarcely mentionable malady was mirrored at every level of social experience, from the irrational civil war through which the body politic tore itself apart, to reports of elevated suicide rates among the common people. In this political environment, where affairs of state were closely linked to the ruler's mental state, French writers sought new ways of representing the psychological dynamics of the body politic. This book explores the innovative mix of organic and inorganic metaphors through which they explored the relationship between mind, body and government at this period; in particular, it considers texts by such authors as Alan Chartier and Charles d'Orléans which describe mental illness and intellectual impairments through the notion of "rust." Julie Singer is Associate Professor of French at Washington University, St. Louis.

Citation URI

Similar Citations

Article Linden, Stefanie Caroline; Jones, Edgar; (2014)
“Shell Shock” Revisited: An Examination of the Case Records of the National Hospital in London (/isis/citation/CBB001422169/)

Book Borch-Jacobsen, Mikkel; (2002)
Folies à Plusieurs: De l'hystérie à la dépression (/isis/citation/CBB000201307/)

Article Ingram, Allan; (2006)
Death in Life and Life in Death: Melancholy and the Enlightenment (/isis/citation/CBB000670764/)

Article Lecuppre, Gilles; (2014)
Déficience du corps et exercice du pouvoir au XIVe siècle (/isis/citation/CBB001420850/)

Thesis Pfau, Aleksandra Nicole; (2008)
Madness in the Realm: Narratives of Mental Illness in Late Medieval France (/isis/citation/CBB001561270/)

Book Evans, Dorinda; (2013)
Gilbert Stuart and the Impact of Manic Depression (/isis/citation/CBB001214413/)

Book Laurens, André Du; Suciu, Radu; (2012)
Discours des maladies mélancoliques: 1594 (/isis/citation/CBB001251689/)

Thesis Dodman, Thomas W.; (2011)
Homesick Epoch: Dying of Nostalgia in Post-Revolutionary France (/isis/citation/CBB001567271/)

Chapter Finn, Michael R.; (2003)
Retrospective Medicine, Hypnosis, Hysteria and French Literature, 1875-1895 (/isis/citation/CBB000501998/)

Book Didi-Huberman, Georges; (2003)
Invention of Hysteria: Charcot and the Photographic Iconography of the Salpêtrière (/isis/citation/CBB000471193/)

Article Westerink, Herman; (2014)
Demonic Possession and the Historical Construction of Melancholy and Hysteria (/isis/citation/CBB001451208/)

Chapter Micale, Mark S.; (2004)
Discourses of Hysteria in Fin-de-Siècle France (/isis/citation/CBB000550992/)

Article Steven Vanden Broecke; (2023)
Astrological Self-Government at the Fifteenth-Century Court of Bourbon (/isis/citation/CBB202486418/)

Thesis Mellyn, Elizabeth Walker; (2007)
A History of Madness, Medicine, and the Law in Italy, 1350--1650 (/isis/citation/CBB001561309/)

Book Katajala-Peltomaa, Sari; (2014)
Mental (Dis)Order in Later Medieval Europe (/isis/citation/CBB001552955/)

Article Elisabetta Ulivi; (2015)
Su Maestro Grazia dei Castellani teologo e matematico del XIV secolo (/isis/citation/CBB018015251/)

Authors & Contributors
Finn, Michael R.
Arnaud, Sabine M.
Bohuon, Anaïs
Borch-Jacobsen, Mikkel
Broecke, Steven Vanden
Didi-Huberman, Georges
Bollettino di Storia delle Scienze Matematiche
Early Science and Medicine: A Journal for the Study of Science, Technology and Medicine in the Pre-modern Period
Gender and History
History of Psychiatry
Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies
University of Chicago
Harvard University
University of Michigan
New York, City University of
Mental disorders and diseases
Medicine and literature
Charcot, Jean Martin
Burton, Robert
Cheyne, George
Stuart, Gilbert
Alain Chartier
Caulier, Achille
Time Periods
19th century
15th century
14th century
18th century
20th century, early
Florence (Italy)
Great Britain
Salpêtrière, Paris

Be the first to comment!

{{ comment.created_by.username }} on {{ comment.created_on | date:'medium' }}

Log in or register to comment