Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature

Flaubert, Zola, and the Incorporation of Disciplinary Knowledge

Authors: Duffy, L.

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This book is about how France's two major documentary authors of the nineteenth century – Gustave Flaubert and Émile Zola – incorporate medical knowledge about the body into their works, and in so doing exploit its metaphorical potential of the body to engage in critical reflection about the accumulation and reconfiguration of knowledge.

About the authors

Larry Duffy has taught French language, culture and literature in universities in Ireland, Australia and the UK, where he is currently Lecturer in French at the University of Kent. He is the author of numerous journal articles about the nineteenth-century encounter between literature, science and medicine.

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“It provides invaluable insights into the debates and power struggles that occupy the scientific and medical world in nineteenth-century France. Furthermore, it helps us reconsider how we conceive of the connection, central to all realisms, between the physiological body and the many texts, fictional or not, that discuss it.” (Martine Gantrel, Modern Language Review, Vol. 111 (3), July, 2016)


'Duffy breaks new ground in this major study by offering a rich analysis of the incorporation of an impressive range of contemporary extraliterary discourses into the writings of Flaubert and Zola, two of the nineteenth century's most influential writers. Moving beyond understandings of incorporation that focus on sexuality, he attentively probes, through a series of close readings and intertextual and theoretical engagements, the ways in which disciplinary knowledge is represented in the powerful metaphor of the physiological body in need of treatment and correction. The book makes a high-quality, imaginative contribution, not merely to the discipline of French studies but, in-keeping with its desire to break down discursive boundaries, to scholarship on the interfaces between literary, medical and scientific discourses, the documentary culture of nineteenth-century France, and the dynamics of archive and documentary fiction.' - Dr Steven Wilson, School of Modern Languages, Queen's University Belfast

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction: Knowledge, Incorporated

    Duffy, Larry

    Pages 1-32

  • Madame Bovary and the Incorporation of Pharmacy

    Duffy, Larry

    Pages 35-62

  • Medical and Literary Discourses of Disciplinary Struggle and Regulation

    Duffy, Larry

    Pages 63-92

  • Diagnosing the Aveugle, Correcting the Body: Ophthalmia and Orthopaedics

    Duffy, Larry

    Pages 95-120

  • Correcting the Aveugle: Monstrosity, Aliénisme, and the Haunting of the Social Body

    Duffy, Larry

    Pages 121-151

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Flaubert, Zola, and the Incorporation of Disciplinary Knowledge
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Modern European Literature
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-29754-9
DOI
10.1057/9781137297549
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-29753-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-45212-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 261
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