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The Resource Vital signs : medical realism in nineteenth-century fiction, Lawrence Rothfield

Vital signs : medical realism in nineteenth-century fiction, Lawrence Rothfield

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Vital signs : medical realism in nineteenth-century fiction
Title
Vital signs
Title remainder
medical realism in nineteenth-century fiction
Statement of responsibility
Lawrence Rothfield
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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 in particular how clinical medicine provided Balzac, Flaubert, Eliot, and others with narrative strategies, epistemological assumptions, and models of professional authority, and he traces the linkages between medicine's eventual decline in scientific and social status and realism's displacement by naturalism, detective fiction, and modernism. Rothfield first demonstrates, in discussions of Balzac's The Country Doctor and Flaubert's Madame Bovary, that the nature of the connection between medicine and realism varies with the purpose and period of each author, even where realists unabashedly appropriate the clinical viewpoint. In Eliot's Middlemarch, however, a crisis of medical authority--provoked by emerging alternative scientific conceptions of the body and by medicine's loss of charismatic appeal as it consolidates into a profession--makes the connection between medicine and realism increasingly difficult to maintain. Zola and Conan Doyle respond by subordinating the clinical viewpoint to others in their "pararealistic" fiction, while modernists negate medicine's basic presuppositions about the body, truth, and professional authority. Pathology, Rothfield concludes, constitutes a category of social differentiation equivalent to race, class, or gender; it generates a politics of knowledge irreducible to either "policing power" or Marxist totalizing
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DLC
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1956-
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Rothfield, Lawrence
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Literature in history
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  • English fiction
  • Medicine in literature
  • French fiction
  • Literature and medicine
  • Literature and medicine
  • Comparative literature
  • Comparative literature
  • Medical fiction
  • Physicians in literature
  • Realism in literature
  • Medicine in Literature
Label
Vital signs : medical realism in nineteenth-century fiction, Lawrence Rothfield
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [193]-226) 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
  • Medicine and Mimesis: The Contours of a Configuration
  • Disarticulating Madame Bovary: Flaubert and the Medicalization of the Real
  • Paradigms and Professionalism: Balzacian Realism in Discursive Context
  • "A New Organ of Knowledge": Medical Organicism and the Limits of Realism in Middlemarch
  • On the Realism/Naturalism Distinction: Some Archaeological Considerations
  • From Diagnosis to Deduction: Sherlock Holmes and the Perversion of Realism
  • The Pathological Perspective: Clinical Realism's Decline and the Emergence of Modernist Counter-Discourse
  • Epilogue: Toward a New Historicist Methodology
Control code
24215672
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvii, 235 pages
Isbn
9780691068961
Lccn
91029831
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1431910
Label
Vital signs : medical realism in nineteenth-century fiction, Lawrence Rothfield
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [193]-226) 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
  • Medicine and Mimesis: The Contours of a Configuration
  • Disarticulating Madame Bovary: Flaubert and the Medicalization of the Real
  • Paradigms and Professionalism: Balzacian Realism in Discursive Context
  • "A New Organ of Knowledge": Medical Organicism and the Limits of Realism in Middlemarch
  • On the Realism/Naturalism Distinction: Some Archaeological Considerations
  • From Diagnosis to Deduction: Sherlock Holmes and the Perversion of Realism
  • The Pathological Perspective: Clinical Realism's Decline and the Emergence of Modernist Counter-Discourse
  • Epilogue: Toward a New Historicist Methodology
Control code
24215672
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvii, 235 pages
Isbn
9780691068961
Lccn
91029831
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1431910

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