Reading The Bronte Body: Disease, Desire And The Constraints Of Culture by B. TorgersonReading The Bronte Body: Disease, Desire And The Constraints Of Culture by B. Torgerson

Reading The Bronte Body: Disease, Desire And The Constraints Of Culture

byB. Torgerson

Paperback | March 7, 2011

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Anne, Emily, and Charlotte Brontë's literary representations of illness and disease reflect the major role illness played in the lives of the Victorians and its frequent reoccurrence within the Brontës' personal lives. An in-depth analysis of the history of nineteenth-century medicine provides the necessary cultural context to understand these representations, giving modern readers a sense of how health, illness, and the body were understood in Victorian England. Together, medical anthropology and the history of medicine offer a useful lens with which to understand Victorian texts. Reading the Brontë Body is the first scholarly attempt to provide both the theoretical framework and historical background to make such a literary analysis of the Brontë novels possible, while exploring how these representations of disease and illness work within a larger cultural framework.
BETH TORGERSON is currently an Assistant Professor at Flagler College in St. Augustine, USA. The recipient of the Bechtol Lee Doctoral Fellowship, she attended King's College London, UK for a year as an affiliated research student, where she participated in their Victorian Studies graduate program. Her scholarly work has appeared in Vi...
Title:Reading The Bronte Body: Disease, Desire And The Constraints Of CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:180 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.45 inPublished:March 7, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230103286

ISBN - 13:9780230103283

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Table of Contents

Introduction 'Sick of Mankind and Their Disgusting Ways': Alcoholism, Social Reform, and Anne Brontë's Narratives of Illness Ailing Women in the Age of Cholera: Illness in Shirley Hysteria, Female Desire, and Self-Control in Villette Vampires, Ghosts, and the Disease of Dis/Possession Conclusion

Editorial Reviews

"A cogently argued book....provides a unique perspective on the structure and content of the novels, and also represents a valuable historical background for any Brontë reader." - Brontë Studies "This is an important and very useful approach to the always compelling Bronte sisters, one that takes the reader back to a most important element of their lives and the lives of their fictional characters, the gendered body and its individual and cultural ills." - Gail Turley Houston, The University of New Mexico"Beth Torgerson has done an admirable job of showing, as her subtitle indicates, the constraints of culture that inflected and arguably fuelled the Bronte sisters representations of illness." - Victorian Review" . . .a clearly written, well organized book" - VIJ Reviews