Diagnosis Literature: Medical Narratives of the Nineteenth Century--NEMLA 2016 Hartford

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Amanda Caleb/Misericordia University
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This panel seeks to explore how medical narrative was used in nineteenth-century fiction and medical texts as a counterargument to the medical gaze, thereby rewriting the medical history of the period from the patient's prospective. The use of medical narrative as a counter-current to the profession's paternalism indicates the subversive nature of nineteenth-century literature and reinforces the value of storytelling and narrative within the "factual" world of medicine. The panel welcomes papers that address issues of patient agency, counter narratives to the medical profession (such as nursing memoirs), doctors as patients, storytelling as an act of subversion, public engagements with medical narrative, or any other topic that challenges the medical gaze of the nineteenth century. Papers exploring both fictional and nonfictional texts are encouraged.

Please submit 300-word abstract and C.V. by September 30, 2015 to: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/15953

Queries: acaleb@misericordia.edu

For more information about the NeMLA convention in Hartford, CT (March 17-20, 2016), see http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla.html