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The Resource Invalid women : figuring feminine illness in American fiction and culture, 1840-1940, Diane Price Herndl

Invalid women : figuring feminine illness in American fiction and culture, 1840-1940, Diane Price Herndl

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Invalid women : figuring feminine illness in American fiction and culture, 1840-1940
Title
Invalid women
Title remainder
figuring feminine illness in American fiction and culture, 1840-1940
Statement of responsibility
Diane Price Herndl
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • In this imaginative work of cultural and literary history, Diane Price Herndl examines the tensions found in literary representations of feminine illness. Using medical texts, art, and advertising as well as major works of fiction, Price Herndl argues that such representations were not "natural" but were instead ideologically motivated. While invalid women in American fiction sometimes upheld and sometimes challenged dominant social and medical practice, Price Herndl contends that the discourse of feminine illness was a battleground for powerful forces that sought to define women's role in society even after feminism's emergence. The figure of the invalid female must, she says, be understood as a highly politicized figure
  • Price Herndl looks first at mid-nineteenth-century medical theories that defined women as fundamentally "invalid." She then turns to important literary texts, including works by Harriet Beecher Stowe, E.D.E.N. Southworth, Laura Curtis Bullard, Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, to show that male and female authors represented invalid women differently. Price Herndl contends that the figure of the ill woman conveniently resolved problems of the changing culture for nineteenth-century authors of both sexes
  • Price Herndl then traces the image of invalid women from the turn of the century to World War II, using texts by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Edith Wharton, Ellen Glasgow, Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Tillie Olsen, as well as the film Dark Victory. Despite dramatic changes in both medical practices and women's place in society, fictional representations remained strikingly stable and politically conservative, Price Herndl argues, even when the author's intent was otherwise
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DLC
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1959-
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Price Herndl, Diane
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • American fiction
  • Women and literature
  • Women and literature
  • American fiction
  • Women with disabilities
  • Medical fiction, American
  • Women with disabilities in literature
  • Invalids in literature
  • Diseases in literature
  • Sick in literature
  • Medicine in Literature
  • Literature, Modern
  • Women
  • Women's Health
  • United States
  • United States
Label
Invalid women : figuring feminine illness in American fiction and culture, 1840-1940, Diane Price Herndl
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [245]-261) 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
Reading Illness. Invalid Ideology. Culture, Dialogue, and Discourse. Invalid Women -- Ch. 1. Defining the Feminine/Defining the Invalid: Women and Medicine in the Mid-Nineteenth Century. Women's Health in the Mid-Nineteenth Century. Physicians and Women. Medical Discourse, Cultural Definition -- Ch. 2. The Threat of Invalidism: Responsibility and Reward in Domestic and Feminist Fiction. Fiction Figuring Women. Invalid Mothers. The Feminist Invalid -- Ch. 3. (Super) "Natural" Invalidism: Male Writers and the Mind/Body Problem. The Domestic and the Romantic (Super)Natural. The Mind/Body Problem. Making Natural Art of Women. The Natural Pharmakon in the Garden. A Return to the Garden: The Healthy Invalid. The "Feverish Poet" -- Ch. 4. The Writing Cure: Women Writers and the Art of Illness. Mental Healing at the Turn of the Century. The Writing Cure. The Art of Illness. Happy Endings -- Ch. 5. Fighting (with) Illness: Success and the Invalid Woman. Success and the Invalid Woman
Control code
26674874
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 270 pages
Isbn
9780807844069
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
92021433
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1505200
Label
Invalid women : figuring feminine illness in American fiction and culture, 1840-1940, Diane Price Herndl
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [245]-261) 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
Reading Illness. Invalid Ideology. Culture, Dialogue, and Discourse. Invalid Women -- Ch. 1. Defining the Feminine/Defining the Invalid: Women and Medicine in the Mid-Nineteenth Century. Women's Health in the Mid-Nineteenth Century. Physicians and Women. Medical Discourse, Cultural Definition -- Ch. 2. The Threat of Invalidism: Responsibility and Reward in Domestic and Feminist Fiction. Fiction Figuring Women. Invalid Mothers. The Feminist Invalid -- Ch. 3. (Super) "Natural" Invalidism: Male Writers and the Mind/Body Problem. The Domestic and the Romantic (Super)Natural. The Mind/Body Problem. Making Natural Art of Women. The Natural Pharmakon in the Garden. A Return to the Garden: The Healthy Invalid. The "Feverish Poet" -- Ch. 4. The Writing Cure: Women Writers and the Art of Illness. Mental Healing at the Turn of the Century. The Writing Cure. The Art of Illness. Happy Endings -- Ch. 5. Fighting (with) Illness: Success and the Invalid Woman. Success and the Invalid Woman
Control code
26674874
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xv, 270 pages
Isbn
9780807844069
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
92021433
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(WaOLN)1505200

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