Romanticism, Medicine, and the Poet's Body

Romanticism, Medicine, and the Poet's Body

Author: James Robert Allard

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317061359

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 174

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That medicine becomes professionalized at the very moment that literature becomes "Romantic" is an important coincidence, and James Allard makes the most of it. His book restores the physical body to its proper place in Romantic studies by exploring the status of the human body during the period. With meticulous detail, he documents the way medical discourse consolidates a body susceptible to medical authority that is then represented in the works of Romantic era poets. In doing so, he attends not only to the history of medicine's professionalization but significantly to the rhetoric of legitimation that advances the authority of doctors over the bodies of patients and readers alike. After surveying trends in Romantic-era medicine and analyzing the body's treatment in key texts by Wordsworth and Joanna Baillie, Allard moves quickly to his central subject-the Poet-Physician. This hybrid figure, discovered in the works of the medically trained John Keats, John Thelwall, Thomas Lovell Beddoes, embodies the struggles occasioned by the discrepancies and affinities between medicine and poetry.
Romanticism, Medicine, and the Poet's Body
Language: en
Pages: 174
Authors: James Robert Allard
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-08 - Publisher: Routledge

That medicine becomes professionalized at the very moment that literature becomes "Romantic" is an important coincidence, and James Allard makes the most of it. His book restores the physical body to its proper place in Romantic studies by exploring the status of the human body during the period. With meticulous
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Language: en
Pages: 179
Authors: Diana Pérez Edelman
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-07-02 - Publisher: Springer Nature

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Romanticism, Medicine, and the Poet's Body
Language: en
Pages: 174
Authors: James Robert Allard
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-08 - Publisher: Routledge

That medicine becomes professionalized at the very moment that literature becomes "Romantic" is an important coincidence, and James Allard makes the most of it. His book restores the physical body to its proper place in Romantic studies by exploring the status of the human body during the period. With meticulous
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Language: en
Pages: 320
Authors: James Whitehead
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-07-14 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Language: en
Pages: 262
Authors: Nicholas Roe
Categories: Literary Criticism
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-12-06 - Publisher: Springer

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