Women's Self-writing and Medical Science: Harriet Martineau, Charlotte Bronte, Harriet Jacobs, and Elizabeth Stoddard

Women's Self-writing and Medical Science: Harriet Martineau, Charlotte Bronte, Harriet Jacobs, and Elizabeth Stoddard

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This dissertation examines the ways in which four nineteenth-century British and American women challenge medical definitions of the female body and mind through their self-writing---essays, journalism, an autobiography, a slave narrative, autobiographical novels, and short fiction. Each chapter is a case study that reconstructs a woman's lived experience of medicine, health, and illness, in tandem with her authorial biography in order to offer a new reading of the poetics and politics of the body in self-writing.Introduction. In a 1930 essay on the male dominance of literary history, Virginia Woolf meditated on the absence of the body in literary representation: a€œliterature does its best to maintain that its concern is with the mind; that the body is a sheet anbsp;...


Title:Women's Self-writing and Medical Science: Harriet Martineau, Charlotte Bronte, Harriet Jacobs, and Elizabeth Stoddard
Author: Sarah L. Russo
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008
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