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Medicine and Narration in the Eighteenth Century

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Format: Book- Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780729410656
Author: Sophie Vasset
Publication Date: 09-Apr-2013
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Table of Contents: Sophie Vasset, Introduction: questions of narration in eighteenth-century medicine and literature

I. Medical storytelling: case studies and anecdotes
Alexandre Wenger, From medical case to narrative fiction: Diderot’s La Religieuse
Sophie Vasset, How to relate a medical case: the controversy about John Ranby’s Narrative of the last illness of the earl of Orford (1745) 

II. The doctor’s letters: epistolary narration
Philip Rieder, Writing to fellow physicians: literary genres and medical questions in Louis Odier’s (1748-1817) correspondence
David Shuttleton, ‘Not the meanest part of my works and experience’: Dr George Cheyne’s correspondence with Samuel Richardson
Hélène Dachez and Sophie Vasset, Clementina’s disease and polyphonic narration in Samuel Richardson’s Sir Charles Grandison (1754) 

III. Illness as narrative
Rudy Le Menthéour, Melancholy vaporised: self-narration and counter-diagnosis in Rousseau’s work
Catriona Seth, Textually transmitted diseases: smallpox inoculation in French literary and medical works
Gavin Budge, Smollett and the novel of irritability

IV. Medical strategies and narrative devices
Sylvie Kleiman-Lafon, The healing power of words: medicine and literature in Bernard Mandeville’s Treatise of the hypochondriack and hysterick diseases
Helge Jordheim, Oculist narratives in late-eighteenth-century Germany: from cataract surgery to political conspiracy in Jean Paul’s Hesperus
Hugues Marchal, ‘Le poète raconte et ne discute pas’: poetic and medical codes in Jean-François Sacombe’s obstetric epic, La Luciniade (1792-1815) 




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