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The Representation of Bodily Pain in Late Nineteenth–Century English Culture
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The Representation of Bodily Pain in Late Nineteenth–Century English Culture

Lucy Bending

Abstract

This book presents a study of the ways in which concepts of pain were treated across a broad range of late Victorian writing, placing literary texts alongside sermons, medical textbooks, and campaigning leaflets in order to suggest patterns of presentation and evasion to be perceived throughout the different texts assembled. Pain is not a shared, cross-cultural phenomenon and this book uses the examples of fire-walking, flogging, and tattooing to show that, despite the fact that pain is often invoke ... More

Keywords: pain, late Victorian writing, literary texts, sermons, medical textbooks, campaigning leaflets, fire-walking, flogging, tattooing, bodily suffering

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198187172
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187172.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lucy Bending, author
University of Wales, Aberyswyth

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