The History of the Idea of Music as a Cause of Disease
James Kennaway, Durham University, UK
- Imprint: Ashgate
- Illustrations: Includes 7 b&w illustrations
- Published: July 2012
- Format: 234 x 156 mm
- Extent: 226 pages
- Binding: Hardback
- ISBN: 978-1-4094-2642-4
This book outlines and explains the development of this idea of pathological music from the Enlightenment until the present day, providing an original contribution to the history of medicine, music and the body.
Contents: Introduction: musical orders and disorders; From sensibility to pathology: nervous music, 1700-1850; Modern music and nervous modernity: Wagnerism as a disease of civilization, 1850-1914; Pathological music, politics and race: Germany and the United States, 1900-45; Music as mind control, music as weapon: pathological music since 1945; Bibliography; Index.
About the Author: James Kennaway is a historian of medicine, with a joint appointment in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Medicine and Health at Durham University. He specializes in the relationship between music, aesthetics and the body, with broad research interests in the history of physical and mental illness.