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Routledge Revivals: Literature and Medicine during the Eighteenth Century (1993)

1st Edition

Edited by Marie Mulvey-Roberts, Roy Porter


293 pages

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Paperback: 9781138223448
pub: 2019-02-28

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First published in 1993. Although today, medicine and literature are widely seen as falling on different sides of the ‘two cultures’ divide, this was not so in the eighteenth century when doctors, scientists, writers and artists formed a well-integrated educate elite. This book uncovers the interconnections between medical and psychological theory and ideas of taste, beauty and genius — representing a major exploration of the unity of Enlightenment culture. Leading historians of medicine and eighteenth-century literary critics explore the rich cultural milieu of the period and investigate the ways in which medicine itself contributed to informing a gendered discourse of the world.

Table of Contents

List of figures

List of contributors


1. Medicine and the Muses: an approach to literature and medicine G.S. Rousseau

2. William Harvey’s De motu cordis and ‘The Republick of Literature’ Robert A. Erickson

3. The anatomy of Tristram Shandy Judith Hawley

4. Of logic and lycanthropy: Gulliver and the faculties of the mind Christopher Fox

5. ‘Mere productions of the brain’: interpreting dreams in Swift Michael DePorte

6. John Wilson’s satire of hermetic medicine Thomas Spaulding Willard

7. ‘A physic against death’: eternal life and the Enlightenment — gender and gerontology Marie Mulvey Roberts

8. Fat is fictional issue: the novel and the rise of weight-watching Pat Rogers

9. Flights into illness: some characters in Jane Austen Gloria Sybil Gross

10. The satire on doctors in Hogarth’s graphic works Peter Wagner

11. ‘A club of little villains: rhetoric, professional identity and medical pamphlet wars Anita Guerrini

12. Fanny Burney’s face, Madame D’Arblay’s veil John Wiltshire

13. Generation and regeneration: reflections on the biological and ideological role of women in France (1786-96) Lynn Salkin Sbiroli

Name index

Subject Index

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Modern / 18th Century
HISTORY / Social History
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / General
LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 18th Century