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Vital signs [electronic resource] : medical realism in nineteenth-century fiction / Lawrence Rothfield.

Author/Creator:
Rothfield, Lawrence, 1956-
Publication:
Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, c1992.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (254 p.)
Edition:
Course Book
Series:
Literature in history (Princeton, N.J.)
Literature in history
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Subjects:
English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Medicine in literature.
French fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Comparative literature -- English and French.
Comparative literature -- French and English.
Physicians in literature.
Realism in literature.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
Vital Signs offers both a compelling reinterpretation of the nineteenth-century novel and a methodological challenge to literary historians. Rejecting theories that equate realism with representation, Lawrence Rothfield argues that literary history forms a subset of the history of discourses and their attendant practices. He shows how clinical medicine provided Balzac, Flaubert, Eliot, and others with narrative strategies, epistemological assumptions, and models of professional authority. He also traces the linkages between medicine's eventual decline in scientific and social status and realism's displacement by naturalism, detective fiction, and modernism.
Contents:
Frontmatter
CONTENTS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
PREFACE
ONE. Medicine and Mimesis: The Contours of a Configuration
TWO. Disarticulating Madame Bovary: Flaubert and the Medicalization of the Real
THREE. Paradigms and Professionalism: Balzacian Realism in Discursive Context
FOUR. "A New Organ of Knowledge": Medical Organicism and the Limits of Realism in Middlemarch
FIVE. On the Realism/Naturalism Distinction: Some Archaeological Considerations
SIX. From Diagnosis to Deduction: Sherlock Holmes and the Perversion of Realism
SEVEN. The Pathological Perspective: Clinical Realism's Decline and the Emergence of Modernist Counter-Discourse
EPILOGUE. Toward a New Historicist Methodology
NOTES
INDEX
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Description based upon print version of record.
Includes bibliographical references (p. [193]-226) and index.
ISBN:
1-4008-1322-0
1-282-75156-5
9786612751561
1-4008-2068-5
OCLC:
700688683
Publisher Number:
10.1515/9781400820689 doi