By Andrew Mangham
The feminine physique in medication and Literature positive factors essays that discover literary texts on the subject of the background of gynaecology and women’s surgical procedure. Gender stories and feminist methods to literature became busy and enlightening fields of enquiry lately, but there is still no unmarried paintings that totally analyses the effect of women’s surgical procedure on literary creation or, conversely, ways that literary developments have formed the process gynaecology and different branches of women’s drugs. This ebook will reveal how fiction and medication have a original culture of taking a look in the direction of one another for notion and elucidation in questions of gender. scientific textbooks and pamphlets have continually brought up fictional plots and characterisations as a manner of speaking advanced or ’sensitive’ principles. Essays discover ancient money owed of scientific methods, the connection among gynaecology and psychology, and cultural conceptions of motherhood, fertility, and the feminine business enterprise
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Sir Richard Manningham, An Exact Diary of What was Observ’d during a close Attendance upon Mary Tofts, the Pretended Rabbet-Breeder of Godalming in Surrey, From Monday Nov. 28, to Wednesday Dec. 7 Following. Together with An Account of her Confession of the Fraud (London: J. Roberts, 1726), p. 19. Manningham, An Exact Diary, p. 25. Manningham, An Exact Diary, p. 31. Manningham, An Exact Diary, p. 32. , The Gentleman’s Magazine, 1 (September 1721): 401. [Samuel Sharp], ‘A Letter from an eminent Physician to a married Lady’, The Gentleman’s Magazine, 43 (October 1764): 455–57 (456).
There is, for example, one about that which ‘grow[s] very tall, erect in a bed’, is ‘hairy underneath’ and sometimes ‘rob[bed] of [its] head’ by beautiful girls who later cry at remembering the encounter (solution: onion). And the one about an object that ‘grows / in the corner, rises and expands, throws up a crust’, Mangham and Depledge, The Female35 35 21/01/2011 10:17:45 36 The Female Body in Medicine and Literature Fig. 1: Figure of Dorothy, pregnant with so many children that she must brace her womb with a hoop (Ambroise Paré, On Monsters and Marvels).
At the same time, neither the riddles nor the gynaecological texts are fully successful in erasing the images of the aberrant or monstrous that they seek to resolve. 30 Accordingly, the gynaecological texts of this period often present the female reproductive body as a mystery that is finally to be understood, unveiled. Both the written texts and the illustrations often liken the anatomizing of reproductive organs to the casting off of one or several coats or veils before the viewer’s gaze (figs.
The Female Body in Medicine and Literature by Andrew Mangham