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Charles Dickens and the sciences of childhood : popular medicine, child health and Victorian culture

Author: Katharina Boehm
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York, NY : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.
Series: Palgrave studies in nineteenth-century writing and culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The first in-depth study of Dickens's creative engagement with popular science and medicine, this book brings to light the scientific entertainments, shows and institutions, and the material and print cultures that revolutionized the ways in which Victorian audiences encountered childhood. It explores Dickens's literary and journalistic writings, his private interests and public causes across the span of his long  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Named Person: Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens; Charles Dickens
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Katharina Boehm
ISBN: 9781137362490 1137362499
OCLC Number: 861073102
Description: 236 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
1. Experimental Subjects: Oliver Twist and the Culture of Mesmerist Experimentation --
2. Hothouse Children: Dombey and Son and Popular Medical Child Health Manuals --
3. Dickens, the Social Mission of Victorian Paediatrics and the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children --
4. The Feelings of Childhood: Dickens and the Study of the Child's Mind --
5. Monstrous Births and Saltationism in Our Mutual Friend and Popular Anatomical Museums --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Palgrave studies in nineteenth-century writing and culture.
Responsibility: Katharina Boehm, Assistant Professor, University of Regensburg, Germany.
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