mercredi 16 mars 2016

Récits médicaux et romans du XIXe siècle

Reading for Health: Medical Narratives and the Nineteenth-Century Novel 

Erika Wright

Series: Series in Victorian Studies
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Ohio University Press (March 15, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0821422243

In Reading for Health: Medical Narratives and the Nineteenth-Century Novel, Erika Wright argues that the emphasis in Victorian Studies on disease as the primary source of narrative conflict that must be resolved has obscured the complex reading practices that emerge around the concept of health. By shifting attention to the ways that prevention of illness and the preservation of well-being operate in fiction, both thematically and structurally, Wright offers a new approach to reading character and voice, order and temporality, setting and metaphor. As Wright reveals, while canonical works by Austen, Brontë, Dickens, Martineau, and Gaskell register the pervasiveness of a conventional “therapeutic” form of action and mode of reading, they demonstrate as well an equally powerful investment in the achievement and maintenance of “health”—what Wright refers to as a “hygienic” narrative—both in personal and domestic conduct and in social interaction of the individual within the community.

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