VODKA Oâ€™CLOCK 1613
RECORDED AT STEAMPUNK WORLDâ€™S FAIR 2016
CHRIS SEMTNER ON MADNESS AND EDGAR ALLAN POE
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EDGAR ALLAN POE AND MENTAL ILLNESS (“MADNESS”)
This episode was recorded live at Steampunk Worldâ€™s Fair in Somerset, New Jersey. Itâ€™s run by Jeff Mach Events. The speaker for this panel is Chris Semtner, the curator of the Poe Museum. Semtnerâ€™s vocal quality is probably of the Vodka Oâ€™Clock recordings. He also used a lot of visual aides which audio listeners will unfortunately miss, but I posted a few so you get the idea.
THE TELL-TALE HEART was one of Poeâ€™s short stories. It was published in 1843. He wasnâ€™t the first to write about mental illness in fiction, but in Poeâ€™s day there was a leap in progress. It began when asylums became more popular; then it was finally advanced when those practices evolved from torture to compassion, a reformation which began in France.
Semtner talked about the loves of Poeâ€™s life and his rivals.
He also covered symptoms and methodologies that were in practice for diagnosing ailments. The methods included interpreting the shape of someoneâ€™s facial features and even ancestry. Being Irish or being an actress were grounds for diagnosing mental illness.
The era was a time that birthed the â€œnot guilty by reason of insanityâ€ defense in criminal law. People had their own ideas of what â€œinsaneâ€ looked like: loud, erratic, not making sense. Yet some people were quiet, subdued, and could act â€œnormalâ€ for a while.
There was ample time for Q&A at the end. However, at this point in the recording, youâ€™ll hear that audience members see the Q&A portion as being their time to be disrespectful and have their own conversations or worse yet, listen to their voicemail and return calls even from the second row.
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