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The Resource Somatic fictions : imagining illness in Victorian culture, Athena Vrettos

Somatic fictions : imagining illness in Victorian culture, Athena Vrettos

Label
Somatic fictions : imagining illness in Victorian culture
Title
Somatic fictions
Title remainder
imagining illness in Victorian culture
Statement of responsibility
Athena Vrettos
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • Somatic Fictions focuses on the centrality of illness - particularly psychosomatic illness - as an imaginative construct in Victorian culture, emphasizing how it shaped the terms through which people perceived relationships between body and mind, self and other, private and public. The author uses nineteenth-century fiction, diaries, medical treatises, and health advice manuals to examine how Victorians tried to understand and control their world through a process of physiological and pathological definition. Tracing the concept of illness in the fiction of a variety of authors - Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, Henry James, Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Beecher Stowe, George Meredith, Bram Stoker, and H. Rider Haggard - Vrettos explores the historical assumptions, patterns of perceptions, and structures of belief that invested sickness and health with cultural meaning
  • "The book shows how Victorians attempted to manage diffuse and chaotic social issues by displacing them onto matters of physiology. This displacement resulted in the collapse of perceived boundaries of human embodiment, whether through fears of psychic and somatic permeability, sympathetic identification with another's pain, or conflicting measures of racial and cultural fitness. In the course of her study, the author examines the relationships among health, imperialism, anthropometry, and racial theory in such popular Victorian novels as Dracula and She, and the conceptual linkage of spirituality, hysteria, and nervousness in Victorian literature and medicine."--Back cover
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1960-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Vrettos, Athena
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English fiction
  • Medicine, Psychosomatic, in literature
  • American fiction
  • Literature and mental illness
  • Literature and medicine
  • Medical fiction
  • Somatoform disorders in literature
  • Mind and body in literature
  • Imagination in literature
  • Diseases in literature
  • Health in literature
  • Sick in literature
  • Alcott, Louisa May
  • Brontë, Charlotte
  • Eliot, George
  • James, Henry
  • Stoker, Bram
  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher
Label
Somatic fictions : imagining illness in Victorian culture, Athena Vrettos
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [221]-240) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1. Body Language and the Poetics of Illness. Emotional Ventriloquism. Eloquent Deceptions and Somatic Truth. Maternal Nursing and the Dangers of Affect
  • 2. From Neurosis to Narrative: The Private Life of the Nerves. Nervous Spirituality. Psychic Spaces: Villette, Daniel Deronda. Visionary Sensibility: Daniel Deronda. Incurable Narratives
  • 3. Neuromimesis and the Medical Gaze. Imitation, Contagion, and the Crowd. Sympathy, Gender, and Medical Vision. Suggestible Readers. Affective Hermeneutics: Uncle Tom's Cabin. Hypnotic Spectatorship: Trilby. Visual Transgression: Middlemarch. Interpretive Androgyny: Wings of the Dove
  • 4. The National Health: Defining and Defending Bodily Boundaries. The Ideology of Exercise. Domestic Fitness: The Egoist. The Anatomy of Empire. Physical Immunity and Racial Destiny: Stoker and Haggard
Control code
l80094005352
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xii, 250 p.
Isbn
9780804725330
Lccn
lc94005352
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Somatic fictions : imagining illness in Victorian culture, Athena Vrettos
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [221]-240) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1. Body Language and the Poetics of Illness. Emotional Ventriloquism. Eloquent Deceptions and Somatic Truth. Maternal Nursing and the Dangers of Affect
  • 2. From Neurosis to Narrative: The Private Life of the Nerves. Nervous Spirituality. Psychic Spaces: Villette, Daniel Deronda. Visionary Sensibility: Daniel Deronda. Incurable Narratives
  • 3. Neuromimesis and the Medical Gaze. Imitation, Contagion, and the Crowd. Sympathy, Gender, and Medical Vision. Suggestible Readers. Affective Hermeneutics: Uncle Tom's Cabin. Hypnotic Spectatorship: Trilby. Visual Transgression: Middlemarch. Interpretive Androgyny: Wings of the Dove
  • 4. The National Health: Defining and Defending Bodily Boundaries. The Ideology of Exercise. Domestic Fitness: The Egoist. The Anatomy of Empire. Physical Immunity and Racial Destiny: Stoker and Haggard
Control code
l80094005352
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
xii, 250 p.
Isbn
9780804725330
Lccn
lc94005352
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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