Evolution and Epilepsy in Bleak House

@article{Neill2011EvolutionAE,
  title={Evolution and Epilepsy in Bleak House},
  author={Anna Neill},
  journal={SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900},
  year={2011},
  volume={51},
  pages={803 - 822}
}
  • Anna Neill
  • Published 2011
  • Medicine, History
  • SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
In Charles Dickens's novels, nervous seizures trigger dreamy, clairvoyant episodes in which normally imperceptible connections and relations among events and characters come to light. During such episodes, which the neurologist John Hughlings Jackson would describe as "voluminous" states of consciousness, the boundaries of the self dissolve, and the mind becomes attuned to a range of possible identities or phantom selves. The specters unleashed in this state of nervous "dissolution" haunt Bleak… Expand

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