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Morag Allan Campbell

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Morag Allan Campbell

E-mail: ma275@st-andrews.ac.uk

Research overview

My research examines nineteenth century discourses of insanity attributed to childbirth in Scotland, considering the stories shared and understood during the period, by women, families and medical men, and the wider understandings circulated in the public sphere. The focus is on discourse rather than the pathology of postnatal mental illness, and my thesis will aim to determine the influence of social and economic factors on the prevalence and acceptance of a postnatal insanity diagnosis, to examine the discourses of insanity associated with reproduction in a Scottish context, and to consider the forces at work in the admission of women to the charitable asylums and in their subsequent diagnosis and treatment, with particular reference to the influence of class, status and social background.

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