Publication
Title
'But every man cannot be a surgeon' : Elizabeth Gaskell's many-sided medical practitioners
Author
Abstract
Although Elizabeth Gaskell's treatment of public health concerns, education, industrialization and workers' rights have all received ample attention in literary criticism, her various depictions of male medical practitioners, their patients and the complicated social and gender practices that affected their practice has yet to be thoroughly studied. Building upon the work of Michel Foucault and Thomas Laqueur, this article will show that while certain stereotypes of the doctorpatient relationship exist in Gaskell's fiction, her work also exposes a broader range of power structures, ones where women exerted various degrees of influence. Gaskell's fiction also reflects the significant roles that the British tripartite medical market and the social structure of nineteenth-century society played in a doctor's perceived abilities and success.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Orbis litterarum. - Copenhague
Publication
Copenhague : 2013
ISSN
0030-4409
0105-7510
Volume/pages
68:6(2013), p. 473-505
ISI
000326027800002
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UAntwerpen
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Affiliation
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Creation 04.11.2013
Last edited 04.05.2017
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