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Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine

Gut Feeling and Digestive Health in Nineteenth-Century Literature, History and Culture

Editors: Mathias, Manon, Moore, Alison M. (Eds.)

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  • Draws together the medical and the cultural, highlighting the importance of emotion in gut health
  • Opens up a new approach to corporeality and advances the study of digestive health
  • Challenges existing literature on food which has focused on gastronomy
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About this book

This book considers the historical and cultural origins of the gut-brain relationship now evidenced in numerous scientific research fields. Bringing together eleven scholars with wide interdisciplinary expertise, the volume examines literal and metaphorical digestion in different spheres of nineteenth-century life. Digestive health is examined in three sections in relation to science, politics and literature during the period, focusing on Northern America, Europe and Australia. Using diverse methodologies, the essays demonstrate that the long nineteenth century was an important moment in the Western understanding and perception of the gastroenterological system and its relation to the mind in the sense of cognition, mental wellbeing, and the emotions. This collection explores how medical breakthroughs are often historically preceded by intuitive models imagined throughout a range of cultural productions. 

About the authors

Manon Mathias is Lecturer in French at the University of Glasgow, UK, and author of Vision in the Novels of George Sand (2016). 

Alison M. Moore is Senior Lecturer in modern European history and Convenor of History research at Western Sydney University, Australia. She is author with Peter Cryle of Frigidity, an Intellectual History (Palgrave, 2011), and author of Sexual Myths of Modernity: Sadism, masochism and historical teleology (2015).

 


Reviews

“This collection is an excellent example of interdisciplinary medical humanities scholarship: its essays are erudite and informative: they engage critically with a range of literary, medical and scientific texts and put them into productive and thought-provoking dialogue. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the ideological, political and metaphorical significance of digestive health in nineteenth-century culture.” (Professor Hannah Thompson, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)
  • The Gut Feelings of Medical Culture

    Pages 1-14

    Mathias, Manon (et al.)

  • The Great American Evil—Indigestion: Digestive Health and Democratic Politics in Walt Whitman

    Pages 15-35

    Rebrovick, Tripp

  • The “Second Brain”: Dietetics and Ideology in Nineteenth-Century France

    Pages 37-54

    Marquer, Bertrand

  • Situating the Anal Freud in Nineteenth-Century Imaginaries of Excrement and Colonial Primitivity

    Pages 55-83

    Moore, Alison M.

  • Food for Thought: Consuming and Digesting as Political Metaphor in French Satirical Prints

    Pages 85-108

    Johnson, Dorothy

Buy this book

eBook $89.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-01857-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $119.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-030-01856-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Gut Feeling and Digestive Health in Nineteenth-Century Literature, History and Culture
Editors
  • Manon Mathias
  • Alison M. Moore
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-01857-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-01857-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-01856-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 276
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations
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