By A. Stiles
The essays during this assortment exhibit how late-Victorian and Edwardian neurology and fiction shared universal philosophical issues and rhetorical concepts. among 1860 and 1920, neurologists like Silas Weir Mitchell and Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote relocating literature, whereas novelists like H.G. Wells and Wilkie Collins used fiction to dramatize neurological discoveries and their effects. those six many years witnessed unheard of interdisciplinary collaboration among scientists and artists, who chanced on universal flooring of their shared ambivalence in the direction of the present highbrow weather of organic determinism.
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42. Otis, Introduction to Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century, xvii. 43. Otis, Introduction to Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century, xvii. 44. 3 (July 1876), 414–6; Richard Proctor, “Dual Consciousness,” The Cornhill Magazine 35 (January 1877), 86–105. 45. Some of Cobbe’s essays on unconscious cerebration and dreams, as well as her anti-vivisection articles, are reprinted in Taylor and Shuttleworth’s Embodied Selves and Otis’s Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century.
13. Young, Mind, Brain, and Adaptation, 26. 14. William Benjamin Carpenter, “On the Doctrine of Human Automatism: Part II,” Contemporary Review 25 (1875), 941, 943. Carpenter famously invented the theory of “unconscious cerebration” that seemed to suggest that human beings were automata without free will. As one can see from this quotation, however, Carpenter was ambivalent about the materialist implications of his own discovery. 15. These dates are admittedly approximate. I base my claim here upon a related argument by Young: “In the sixty years between the publication of Gall’s work on The Functions of the Brain and the appearance of Ferrier’s volume of the same name .
To specify how Ferrier had used surgically altered monkeys at the International Medical Congress, Waddy summoned two prominent scientists, questioning them about the differences of opinion between Goltz and Ferrier. Cambridge physiologist Michael Foster, President of the Physiological Section, recalled: Professor Goltz opened the discussion, holding that the surface of the brain acts as a whole, and Professor Ferrier held that any act only called into action a special part of the brain. Facts in support were brought forward on both sides.
Neurology and Literature, 1860-1920 (Palgrave Studies in Nineteenth-Century Writing and Culture) by A. Stiles