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Jane Austen and the Body : 'The Picture of Health' - John Wiltshire

Jane Austen and the Body

'The Picture of Health'

Hardcover Published: 30th October 1992
ISBN: 9780521414760
Number Of Pages: 268

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Jane Austen has been thought of as a novelist of manners whose work discreetly avoids discussing the physical. John Wiltshire shows, on the contrary, how important are bodies and faces, illness and health, in the novels, from complainers and invalids such as Mrs. Bennet and Mr. Woodhouse, to the frail, debilitated Fanny Price, the vulnerable Jane Fairfax and the "picture of health," Emma. The book draws on modern theories of the body, and on eighteenth-century medical sources, to give a fresh and controversial reading of familiar texts.

Industry Reviews

"An original and satisfying study, written in a style graced by wit and clarity." American Library Association "...a fine book, informed and sensitive, and it throws a spotlight on an aspect of Austen's work all too rarely noticed." Juliet McMaster, Eighteenth-Century Fiction "...Wiltshire possesses an exemplary grasp of recent scholarship in the history of medicine, while avoiding exaggerated claims for Austen as an interpreter of science and medicine. Not least, this engaging book displays a commendable capacity to analyze the role played by body language and corporeality in the early novel, while avoiding the mystifying jargon that scars so many literary studies of the body." Roy Porter, Isis "John Wiltishire's analysis is both innovative and probing..." Judith Hattaway, English Language Notes

A note on texts
Introduction: Jane Austen and the body
Sense, sensibility and the proofs of affection
'Eloquent blood': the coming out of Fanny Price
Emma: the picture of health
Persuasion: the pshychopathology of everyday life
Sanditon: the enjoyments of invalidism
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ISBN: 9780521414760
ISBN-10: 0521414768
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 30th October 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.25 x 14.73  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.42