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Reading for Health : Medical Narratives and the Nineteenth-Century Novel (Hardcover) (Erika Wright)

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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” narrativeboth in personal and domestic conduct and in social interaction of the individual within the community.

Number of Pages: 229
Genre: Literary Criticism, Medical
Sub-Genre: History
Series Title: Series in Victorian Studies
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Ohio Univ Pr
Author: Erika Wright
Language: English
Street Date: February 19, 2016
TCIN: 51172442
UPC: 9780821422243
Item Number (DPCI): 248-17-1890
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