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Anna Katharina Schaffner

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172301

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172301.001.0001

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(p.85) 5 Nerves

Anna Katharina Schaffner

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses nervous exhaustion in the eighteenth century and the advent of the neurasthenia diagnosis at the end of the nineteenth century, and in particular George M. Beard's and Richard von Krafft-Ebing's theories of neurasthenia. Neurasthenia was though to be a somatic reaction to the increasingly draining demands of modernity (acceleration, urbanization, industrialization, technologization, and so on). Key literary example: J. K. Huysman's 'Against Nature'.

Keywords:   nervous exhaustion, neurasthenia, George M. Beard, Richard von Krafft-Ebing, J. K. Huysman's 'Against Nature'

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