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The pathology of common life: ‘Domestic’ medicine as Gothic disruption

Mandal, Anthony and Waddington, Keir 2015. The pathology of common life: ‘Domestic’ medicine as Gothic disruption. Gothic Studies 17 (1) , pp. 43-60. 10.7227/GS.17.1.4

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Abstract

The essay interrogates a range of critically neglected nineteenth-century anthologies, periodicals and yellowbacks to reveal the ways in which ephemeral Gothic narratives contributed revealingly and troublingly to the public understanding of medicine across the nineteenth century and not just during the fin de siècle. By addressing how narratives of everyday medical encounters and interventions were immersed in contemporary anxieties about the nature of medicine and the role of the practitioner, the authors draw attention to how the figure of the practitioner is increasingly problematized until he himself becomes a locus of pathological disturbance, creating a set of images associated with medicine, practitioners and the everyday that proved culturally enduring across nineteenth-century culture.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
ISSN: 1362-7937
Last Modified: 07 May 2020 09:45
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/68094

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