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Charles Dickens Used Literature to Showcase Discrimination ...

Charles Dickens' tales are filled with immortal characters

 

Charles Dickens' tales are filled with immortal characters - think of A Christmas Carol's Scrooge and Great Expectations' Miss Havisham. But more than whims of literary invention, his characters and plots often deal with the difficult social realities of Victorian England. His portrayal of the disabled - both in terms of medicine and the social discrimination they faced - is no exception.

 

"Social attitudes towards the disabled can often be traced through art, from ancient times through today," explains Prof. Avi Ohry of Tel Aviv University's Sackler Faculty of Medicine, a specialist in rehabilitation medicine and a scholar of the medical humanities. In Dickens' works, he says, readers are confronted with the stark realities of the 19th century, including poor medical care and social discrimination against the physically disabled and the mentally ill.

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Is the human brain hardwired to appreciate poetry?

Is the human brain hardwired to appreciate poetry? | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
In 1932 T.S. Eliot famously argued, "Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood." In a recent article published in the journal Frontiers in Ps
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13 Page-Turning Murder Mysteries Recommended by Off the Shelf Readers

13 Page-Turning Murder Mysteries Recommended by Off the Shelf Readers | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Off the Shelf takes it's murder mystery recommended reading straight off the shelves of our favorite readers—You!
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Eimear McBride Is Not Afraid of Cruelty – Electric Literature

Eimear McBride is not interested in linear sentences. She is not interested in “endless heaps of description,” or “being told what something is like, instead of what it is.” She gives me an example…
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"for me the point of writing is to make myself as a writer completely absent — so that everything that happens happens between the character and the reader."
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Bibliomania: the strange history of compulsive book buying

Bibliomania: the strange history of compulsive book buying | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
An essayist looks into the curious past of pathological collectors – and considers her own lifelong urge to hoard ever more volumes
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George Orwell's best-seller '1984' a No. 1 best seller, plus other dystopian classics

George Orwell's best-seller '1984' a No. 1 best seller, plus other dystopian classics | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
George Orwell's "1984," a novel about a dystopian future where a mind-and-information controlling government rules England, has become the top-selling book on Amazon.com.
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We’ve Been Here Before: Jon Meacham on the Literature of Our Discontent

We’ve Been Here Before: Jon Meacham on the Literature of Our Discontent | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Some fiction from our chaotic past repays attention as we seek our bearings now.
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Literature as a reflection of cultural history
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Stop Making Sense, or How to Write in the Age of Trump

Stop Making Sense, or How to Write in the Age of Trump | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Overnight, America — its past, present, and future — have become unreal.
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Move over Freud: literary fiction is the best therapy

Move over Freud: literary fiction is the best therapy | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Fiction breaks down social isolation and creates a sense of belonging, argues the author and former psychoanalyst
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What favourite childhood books reveal about the psyche – Adam Gidwitz | Aeon Essays

To understand "the foundations on which a person’s life is built, ask her what her favourite books were as a child."

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Death is No Parenthesis: 3 Medical Mysteries in Literature

Death is No Parenthesis: 3 Medical Mysteries in Literature | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Leslie Michelson, author of The Patient's Playbook, discusses 3 classic authors (Poe, Bronte, and Austen), each of whom met their ends in mysterious ways.
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Curtis Hanson, Director of Wicked Noir ‘L.A. Confidential,’ Dies at 71

Curtis Hanson, Director of Wicked Noir ‘L.A. Confidential,’ Dies at 71 | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Curtis Hanson, the film director whose adaptation of the James Ellroy noir novel “L.A. Confidential” won him an Academy Award, died on Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 71.
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'We ought to read only the kind of books that wound us': How literature teaches us to be human

'We ought to read only the kind of books that wound us': How literature teaches us to be human | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Robert Fulford: We look back on key titles and wonder whether or not we would have turned out as we did if someone hadn't put a certain book in our hands at a certain moment?
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Q&A: Christine Sneed Discusses Her Compelling Story Collection About the Lure of Fame

Q&A: Christine Sneed Discusses Her Compelling Story Collection About the Lure of Fame | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The contradictions in human character, like our flaws, are very good material for a fiction writer
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6 Books Set in New England That Explore Complex Families | Read It Forward

6 Books Set in New England That Explore Complex Families | Read It Forward | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Six female writers use New England as the backdrop for the varied perceptions, stories, and experiences of what it means to be a family.
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9 books by black authors you need on your Black History Month reading list

Classic and contemporary books for Black History Month
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25 Great Books by Refugees in America

25 Great Books by Refugees in America | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
From Bertolt Brecht to Vu Tran, a sampling of major contributions to American literature by those who were forced to leave their own countries.
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What cuts at the NEA, NEH, and CPB will mean for humanities, journalism and arts in America » MobyLives

Trump is threatening to cut funding to arts organizations, a move that would only microscopically affect the federal budget.

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Forget Nineteen Eighty-Four. These five dystopias better reflect Trump’s US | Alex Hern

Forget Nineteen Eighty-Four. These five dystopias better reflect Trump’s US | Alex Hern | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
George Orwell’s tale of doublespeak and Big Brother is flying off the shelf after the president’s inauguration. But other imaginary worlds are closer to reality
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Are girls really better at reading than boys or are the tests painting a false picture?

Are girls really better at reading than boys or are the tests painting a false picture? | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
In reading tests at school, girls tend to be ahead of boys, in all age groups and in all countries. But in young adults, there is suddenly no longer any d
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Why Literature Needs Psychology

Why Literature Needs Psychology | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
The risk of passionate love is this: it makes everything outside its immediate, glowing orbit look dull and distant by comparison. What we love dims the rest of
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After Irony | Dissent Magazine

After Irony | Dissent Magazine | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Both scholars suggest that there’s something to be gained politically from probing uncomfortable feelings.
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11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Shirley Jackson

11 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Shirley Jackson | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Including: she wrote The Lottery in a single morning, didn't believe in ghosts, and more.
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Scarlett Reborn: The Case for Flawed Females in Fiction

Scarlett Reborn: The Case for Flawed Females in Fiction | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
Author Anne-Marie Casey shares her point-of-view on flawed females in fiction and the parallels between Scarlett O’Hara and the protagonist of her new novel, The Real Liddy James.
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Happy Birthday, Stephen King! 8 of Our Favorites From the Master

Happy Birthday, Stephen King! 8 of Our Favorites From the Master | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it
His writing holds a mirror up to his readers and asks: Who are we? What do we desire most and what are we willing to do to get it? What do we truly fear?
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September is National Translation Month (NTM)

September is National Translation Month (NTM) | Literature & Psychology | Scoop.it

Celebrating Writing in Translation


Language is a way to express the human experience, yet it also presents communication barriers. With the efforts of accomplished translators, however, those barriers can be overcome to foster artistic unity across linguistic boundaries.

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