SWINC Annual Lecture: Stevenson Among the Psychologists

Date(s) - 15/03/2012
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm

Lecture Theatre 2, Appleton Tower


Professor Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck College, University of London)

This lecture explores Stevenson’s dialogue with Victorian psychology, which was in a ferment from the phrenological Edinburgh of the 1820s and 30s, through the controversial physiology of the mind that succeeded it in London, to the first halting development of psycho-dynamic theories at the time when Stevenson began to write. In particular, we will explore Stevenson’s relationship to the brilliant but wayward psychologist, poet and Spiritualist Frederic Myers, a close reader of Stevenson’s work, Myers took Stevenson to be a vindication of his odd and decidedly Gothic theory of the genius of the ‘subliminal mind.’

The event is free, but please book a place beforehand at:http://edinburgh-university-80.eventbrite.co.uk/