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By Pamela K. Gilbert

ISBN-10: 052102207X

ISBN-13: 9780521022071

ISBN-10: 0521593239

ISBN-13: 9780521593236

well known fiction in mid-Victorian Britain used to be considered as either female and diseased. severe articles of the time on fiction and at the physique and sickness supply convincing facts that studying used to be metaphorically allied with consuming, contagion and intercourse. frightened critics traced the an infection of the imperial, fit physique of masculine elite tradition via 'diseased' well known fiction, specifically novels through girls. This booklet discusses works by means of 3 novelists - M. E. Braddon, Rhoda Broughton, and 'Ouida' - inside this ancient context. In each one case, the comparability of an early, 'sensation' novel opposed to a later paintings exhibits how customary categorization labored within the context of social issues to comprise nervousness and restrict interpretive probabilities. in the texts themselves, references to modern severe and clinical literatures face up to or take advantage of mid-Victorian ideas of wellbeing and fitness, nationality, type and the body.

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