Vital Signs: Medical Realism in Nineteenth-Century Fiction

Vital Signs: Medical Realism in Nineteenth-Century Fiction

by Lawrence Rothfield


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691029542
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 01/01/1995
Series: Literature in History
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 252
Product dimensions: 7.75(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lawrence Rothfield is Associate Professor of English at the University of Chicago.

Table of Contents

1Medicine and Mimesis: The Contours of a Configuration3
2Disarticulating Madame Bovary: Flaubert and the Medicalization of the Real15
3Paradigms and Professionalism: Balzacian Realism in Discursive Context46
4"A New Organ of Knowledge": Medical Organicism and the Limits of Realism in Middlemarch84
5On the Realism/Naturalism Distinction: Some Archaeological Considerations120
6From Diagnosis to Deduction: Sherlock Holmes and the Perversion of Realism130
7The Pathological Perspective: Clinical Realism's Decline and the Emergence of Modernist Counter-Discourse148
Epilogue: Toward a New Historicist Methodology175

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Catherine Gallagher

An important reinterpretation of nineteenth-century realism. Its description of the novel's interrelationship with the discourse of clinical medicine clearly surpasses that of any other study in its precision, detail, and complexity.
Catherine Gallagher, University of California, Berkeley

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