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Vital Signs: Medical Realism in Nineteenth-Century Fiction
"Vital Signs" offers both a compelling reinterpretation of the nineteenth-century novel and a methodological challenge to literary historians. Rejecting theories that equate realism with representation, Lawrence Rothfield argues that literary history forms a subset of the history of discourses and their attendant practices. He shows how clinical medicine provided Balzac, F ...more
ebook, 252 pages
Published December 12th 1994 by Princeton University Press
(first published March 17th 1992)
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