Desire and Disorder: Fevers, Fictions, and Feeling in English Georgian Culture

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Bucknell University Press, 2007 - 297 páginas
This book situates eighteenth-century medical fever texts in the broader framework of sentimental culture, reading works by physicians like Sir Richard Manningham, George Fordyce, John Leake, James Carmichael Smyth, and James Lind against various fictions of the period - novels like Frances Sheridan's Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph, Sarah Fielding's The Adventures of David Simple and Volume the Last, Mary Wollstonecraft's Maria, J. W. Orderson's Creoleana, William Godwin's Caleb Williams, Charles Dickens' Bleak House, and poetry like James Grainger's The Sugar Cane and Anna Letitia Barbauld's Epistle to William Wilberforce. These juxtapositions not only reveal the degree to which physicians deployed the sentimental discourse used by literary artists but also demonstrate that fever as a disease and metaphor was a highly fluid construct, evoked for different reasons and shaped
 

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Introduction
15
Cordial Remedies Fevers Female Patients and Sympathetic Practitioners
30
Disqualified for Labor Puerperal Fever Lyingin Hospitals and Mary Wollstonecrafts Wrongs of Woman
54
Breaking thro Stone Walls Jail Fever and Sentimental Reform
100
Insalubrious Regions Tropical Fevers Sensibility and Slavery in the British Caribbean
149
Sure Contagion Pathologizing Creole Culture
172
Conclusion
217
Index
290
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