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Gendered Pathologies

The Female Body and Biomedical Discourse in the Nineteenth-Century English Novel

By Sondra Archimedes

Routledge – 2006 – 202 pages

Series: Literary Criticism and Cultural Theory

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Description

Gendered Pathologies examines nineteenth-century literary representations of the pathologized female body in relation to biomedical discourses about gender and society in Victorian England. Analyzing novels by Charles Dickens, H. Rider Haggard, and Thomas Hardy alongside Foucault's notion of perverse sexualities and Herbert Spencer's model of the social organism, Archimedes argues that the pathologized female body displaces or resolves, on a narrative level, larger cultural anxieties about the health of the British as a species.

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION "Derangements of the Uterus" and Other Mysteries

CHAPTER 1 Science, Gender, and the Nineteenth Century

CHAPTER 2 Towards a Discourse of Perversion: Female Deviance, Sibling Incest, and the Bourgeois Family in Dickens's Hard Times

CHAPTER 3 Women, Savages, and the Body of Africa: Rider Haggard's She as Biological Narrative

CHAPTER 4 "Shapes like our own selves hideously multiplied": Sue Bridehead, Reproduction, and the Disease of "Modern Civilization"

AFTERWORD Female Deviance in the Twenty-First Century: From Martha Stewart to Lynndie England

WORKS CITED

INDEX

Author Bio

Sondra M. Archimedes is a lecturer at U.C. Santa Cruz.

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