Specialization as Monomania

in Obsession

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780226137827
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226137797 | DOI:
Specialization as Monomania

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This chapter considers the connection between science, specialization, overwork, and obsession. It shows each is the other in the nineteenth century. The discussion covers obsession as modernity; Thomas Love Peacock's book, Nightmare Abbey; Sir Francis Galton and his tendency towards obsessive thinking; genius as madness; Wilkie Collins's 1883 novel, Heart and Science; Robert Louis Stevenson's novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Foucault and madness; and madness and normal.

Keywords: science; overwork; obsession; modernity; Thomas Love Peacock; Francis Galton; Wilkie Collins; Robert Louis Stevenson; Foucault; madness

Chapter.  8990 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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