Revising the Clinic (2010)

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Revising the Clinic: Vision and Representation in Victorian Medicine and the Novel
(Ohio State University Press, 2010; paperback fall 2016)

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In Revising the Clinic: Vision and Representation in Victorian Medical Narrative and the Novel (2010), I argue that the archives of medical writing, in casebooks, treatises, and periodicals, offer a rich critical resource for illuminating the complex history of the novel and the developing professional methodologies of both doctors and novelists. Revising the Clinic shows how Victorian physicians and novelists share textual strategies despite different disciplinary contexts and pressures: physicians repurpose romantic discourses from nineteenth-century fiction, and novelists make contrarian use of clinical discourse as a sentimentalizing tool. Attention to these tensions productively complicates our view of the power relations written by and through “the clinic” and engenders a more versatile understanding of genre, as strategic, momentary, and conditioned by historical and aesthetic contingencies.

Introduction:
Vision, representation, and the production of knowledge

Chapter 1:
Curious observations, curious sights: the eighteenth-century case history

Chapter 2:
Staging clinical realism in the Victorian periodical

Chapter 3:
The sentimental eye in Dickens and Gaskell

Chapter 4:
George Eliot’s realist vision: Mechanical observation and the production of sympathy

Chapter 5:
Speculation and insight: Experimental medicine and the expansion of realism

Chapter 6:
Mapping an unnavigable river: Freud, Rider Haggard, and the imperial romance

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