Medicine and Mystery: The Dark Side of Science in Victorian Fiction

Страна: Ирландия

Город: Galway

Тезисы до: 17.03.2017

Даты: 08.06.17 — 08.06.17

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Организаторы: National University of Ireland


The internationally recognised Victorian Popular Fiction Association (VPFA) and the National University of Ireland, Galway invite you to submit paper proposals for this interdisciplinary study day devoted to exploring representations of medicine and mystery in the Victorian era.

The nineteenth century saw unprecedented developments in medical science, which caused simultaneously wonder and anxiety in the wider public. Victorian popular authors such as Wilkie Collins, Florence Marryat, Charles Dickens, and Mary Elizabeth Braddon enthusiastically explored the themes of medicine and surgical innovation in their work, exploiting their sensational potential. At the same time, the hopes and controversies generated by advancements in the medical field were often the subject of public debate via newspapers, magazines, and cartoons. The conference organisers welcome 20-minute papers on the exploration of the topic. Speakers from Literary History, Medical History, and Medical Humanities backgrounds are welcome. Topics include, but are by no means limited to:

    Medical advancements & the novel
    The doctor and/or patient in Victorian fiction
    The doctor as detective/criminal
    Doctor-patient relationship in fiction and reality
    "Popular" medicine: quackery, advertisements, popular remedies
    Disease and popular novelists
    Medical developments and the press: newspapers, journals, cartoons
    Neo-victorian medicine: novels, movies, and TV series
    Medicine and crime: bodysnatchers, murderers, the development of forensic medicine
    Controversial ideologies in Victorian medicine: eugenics, the Anatomy Act
    Medicine and poverty
    Medicine, pseudo-science and the supernatural
    Frightening representations: disease and medicine in painting and pictures
    Lunacy in Victorian fiction and non-fiction
    Medicine and Victorian notions of gender
    Freak shows and medicine
    Disability in reality and fiction


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