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Literature and medicine in nineteenth century Britain : from Mary Shelley to George Eliot / Janis McLarren Caldwell.

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Subject: English literature > 19th century > History and criticism.
Medicine in literature.
Literature and medicine > Great Britain > History > 19th century.
Women and literature > Great Britain > History > 19th century.
English fiction > Women authors > History and criticism.
Medicine in Literature.
History, 19th Century.
United Kingdom.
Littérature anglaise > 19e siècle > Histoire et critique.
Médecine dans la littérature.
Littérature et médecine > Grande-Bretagne > Histoire > 19e siècle.
Roman anglais > Histoire et critique.
Écrits de femmes anglais > Histoire et critique.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9780511266171
  • ISBN: 0511266170
  • ISBN: 0511263929
  • ISBN: 9780511263927
  • ISBN: 051126545X
  • ISBN: 9780511265457
  • ISBN: 9780511484742
  • ISBN: 0511484747
  • ISBN: 1280750189
  • ISBN: 9781280750182
  • ISBN: 9780521843348
  • ISBN: 0521843340
  • ISBN: 0511264755
  • ISBN: 9780511264757
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xi, 201 pages)
  • Publisher: Cambridge, U.K. ; Cambridge University Press, 2004.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction: Romantic materialism -- Science and sympathy in Frankenstein -- Natural supernaturalism in Thomas Carlyle and Richard Owen -- Wuthering heights and domestic medicine: the child's body and the book -- Literalization in the novels of Charlotte Bronte -- Charles Darwin and Romantic medicine -- Middlemarch and the medical case.
Summary: Although we have come to regard 'clinical' and 'romantic' as oppositional terms, romantic literature and clinical medicine were fed by the same cultural configurations. In the pre-Darwinian nineteenth century, writers and doctors developed an interpretive method that negotiated between literary and scientific knowledge of the natural world. Literary writers produced potent myths that juxtaposed the natural and the supernatural, often disturbing the conventional dualist hierarchy of spirit over flesh. Clinicians developed the two-part history and physical examination, weighing the patient's narrative against the evidence of the body. Examining fiction by Mary Shelley, Carlyle, the Brontes and George Eliot, alongside biomedical lectures, textbooks and articles, Janis McLarren Caldwell demonstrates the similar ways of reading employed by nineteenth-century doctors and imaginative writers and reveals the complexities and creative exchanges of the relationship between literature and medicine.
Source of Description Note: Print version record.

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