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Romantic Medicine and the Gothic Imagination

Morbid Anatomies

An account of the intersection of the Gothic and the medical imaginations in the Romantic era.
This book demonstrates a little-studied crossover between the Gothic imagination and the medical imagination in the Romantic period. Unafraid to explore the gore and uncertainty typical of medical experimentation, Laura R. Kremmel argues, Gothic novels, short stories, poetry, drama, and chapbooks expanded the possibilities of medical theories by showing what they might look like in a speculative space without limits. In comparing the Gothic’s collection of unsavory tropes to morbid anatomy’s collection of diseased organs, Kremmel shows that the Gothic’s prioritization of fear and gore gives it access to non-normative bodies, shifting medical and narrative agency to bodies considered powerless. Each chapter pairs a familiar gothic trope with a critical medical debate; the result is to give silenced bodies power over their own narratives.

272 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

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Table of Contents


Introduction: The Laboratory of the Gothic Imagination

Chapter 1: Reanimated Corpses, Blood, and the Gothic Vital Element

Chapter 2: Anaesthetic Skeletons and the Pain of Melancholy

Chapter 3: Counterfeit Corpses and Evaded Dissection

Chapter 4: The Devil and the Disability Narrative

Chapter 5: Contagious Narratives and Gothic Vaccination



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