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Nineteenth century popular fiction, medicine and anatomy : the Victorian Penny Blood and the 1832 Anatomy Act

Author: Anna Gasperini
Publisher: Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, 2019.
Series: Palgrave studies in literature, science, and medicine.
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This book investigates the relationship between the fascinating and misunderstood penny blood, early Victorian popular fiction for the working class, and Victorian anatomy. In 1832, the controversial Anatomy Act sanctioned the use of the body of the pauper for teaching dissection to medical students, deeply affecting the Victorian poor. The ensuing decade, such famous penny bloods as Manuscripts from the Diary of a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anna Gasperini
ISBN: 9783030109165 303010916X
OCLC Number: 1083096657
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Intro; Preface; Acknowledgements; Contents; List of Figures; Chapter 1 The Subject Examined: Penny Bloods, the Anatomy Act, and a Common Ground for Analysis; 1 New Readers and Alternative Culture: Rise of a Literary Monster; 2 Bodies, Snatchers, and Doctors: The Path to the Anatomy Act; 3 Twisted Words: The 1832 Anatomy Act; 4 The Poor, the Doctor, and the Penny Blood: A New Analytical Perspective; List of Works Cited; Chapter 2 Manuscripts from the Diary of a Physician: Power, Ethics, and the Super-Doctor; 1 Monomaniac Monsters and Balanced Heroes: The Medical Man Reimagined 2 Powerful Doctors and the Ethics of Exhumation: Solving a Deontological Issue3 Liminal Spaces: Superstition and Rationality in Cemeteries; List of Works Cited; Chapter 3 Coping with the Displaced Corpse: Medicine, Truth, and Masculinity in Varney the Vampyre; 1 Vampires, Mad Scientists, and Heroic Doctors: The Inhuman and Super-Human Paradigm; 2 Truth and Ambiguity: The Language of Power and Medicine; 3 Life-Death Inversion and the Gaze: Disruptive Effects of the Untrained Gaze on the Corpse; List of Works Cited Chapter 4 Underground Truths: Sweeney Todd, Cannibalism, and Discourse Control1 A Monstrous Partnership: Burking, Dissecting, and Pie-Making; 2 Truth, Taboos, and Dénouement: Discourse Control and Power; 3 The Dreadful Fall: Death and Survival in the Subterranean Space; List of Works Cited; Chapter 5 The Unknown Labyrinth: Radicalism, the Body, and the Anatomy Act in The Mysteries of London; 1 Mephistopheles, Faustus, and Ghouls: Monsters of Anachronistic Injustice; 2 Poverty and Wealth, Language and Power: The Anatomy Act and Political Discourse 3 The Fall and the Labyrinth: Mapping the Way to TruthList of Works Cited; Chapter 6 Dissection Report: Patterns of Medicine and Ethics; List of Works Cited; Index
Series Title: Palgrave studies in literature, science, and medicine.
Responsibility: Anna Gasperini.

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