11 J. Art Crime 35 (2014)
It's beyond My Control: A Historical and Psychiatric Investigation into the Claim of Bibliomania

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It's   Beyond My Control

A  Historical and Psychiatric Investigation into the Claim of Bibliomania









                     Anna  M. C. Knuttson

                     Abstract




                     B ook theft has been an on-going problem ever since   books first appeared. The list of prominent
                               However,  whilst book thieves have occurred in the popular literature from time to time
                               an academic overview of the phenomenon has been remarkably absent. The fact that they
                     are rarely caught might have contributed to their elusive character. What makes them particularly
                     interesting is that they, as opposed to most other art criminals, are nearly all collectors themselves. This
                     article considers why book thieves willingly risk their own security and reputation to acquire books
                     and exactly how far compulsive collecting might reach into the dark crevasses of the mind. This article
                     strives to give a brief historical overview of the argument that bibliomania is a diagnosable condition.
                     Having established the historic link between bibliomania and the psychiatric discipline article analyses
                     past and current psychoanalyst ideas on bibliomania in order to explore what bibliomania is and
                     how  it works. Whilst by the mid twentieth century the scientific concern with bibliomania had all
                     but disappeared this article explores what recent developments in neuroscience might reveal about
                     bibliomania and whether this could affect the treatment and punishment of book thieves.


Keywords:  Bibliomania, Biblioklepts, Monomania, Kleptomania, Impulse Control Disorder

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