'Neither moral philosophy nor poetry condescends
to the monstrous or the abnormal,'
Thomas De Quincey, 1848.
Abnormality and the Abnormal in the Nineteenth Century
Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies at Durham University
in association with Newcastle University and Northumbria University
supported by British Society for Literature and Science
PROFESSOR MARTIN WILLIS, Chair of Science, Literature and Communication, University of Westminster
ABNORMALITY AND THE ABNORMAL
The words 'abnormal' and 'abnormality' first emerged in the nineteenth century; contemporary usage reflects their pejorative connotations.