Harriet Martineau and the reform of the invalid in Victorian England

@article{Winter1995HarrietMA,
  title={Harriet Martineau and the reform of the invalid in Victorian England},
  author={Alison Winter},
  journal={The Historical Journal},
  year={1995},
  volume={38},
  pages={597 - 616}
}
  • Alison Winter
  • Published 1 September 1995
  • History
  • The Historical Journal
ABSTRACT This article argues that within the debates over medical reform which took place throughout the Victorian period, there flourished a variety of models of authority with respect to illness and the body. The controversies surrounding the illness and cure of the journalist, Harriet Martineau, provide a particularly useful vehicle for exploring some of these different models. During a time when many doctors were anxious to establish the medical profession as an authoritative body within… 
Harriet martineau, health, and journalism
Abstract Most scholars associate Harriet Martineau's invalidism with the 1830s and 1840s, during which she wrote “Letter to the Deaf,” Life in the Sickroom, and Letters on Mesmerism, but Martineau
Harriet Martineau: Gender, Disability and Liability
Critical assessments of Harriet Martineau by her contemporaries respond to her as a physical subject within the paradigms of the Victorian ideal woman. The very designation of Martineau as a woman
‘To console, to nurse, to prepare for eternity’: the Catholic sickroom in late nineteenth-century England
This essay examines, using Foucault's concept of heterotopias and the Foucauldian notion of surveillance, the Catholic sickroom as a sacred space, created and managed by women religious, where women
Blasphemous bodies: Transgressive mortality as cultural interrogation in romance fiction of the long nineteenth century
The long nineteenth century was characterized by advances in medical, biological and technological knowledge that often complicated definitions of human life and blurred the lines between life and
Representing Illness: Competing Religious and Scientific Discourses in Harriet Martineau’s Life in the Sick-Room and Autobiography
  • B. Torgerson
  • Sociology
    Victorians: A Journal of Culture and Literature
  • 2019
ABSTRACT:Harriet Martineau wrote about her ill health in Life in the Sick-Room (1844) and Autobiography (1877)—two representations that differ greatly. Because the Autobiography verbalizes her
Harriet Martineau and the Impersonality of Pain
This essay examines Harriet Martineau’s identification of the invalid with impersonality: the invalid is able to regard all persons as equally valuable, all suffering as of equivalent weight, and
Contested Spaces: The Heterotopias of the Victorian Sickroom
Both the invalid and the sickroom pervade the writings of the Victorian period, particularly in fiction, medical guidebooks, and autobiographies. The sickroom is a space that separates the invalid
Dynastic domesticity : the role of elite women in the Yorkshire country house, 1685-1858
This thesis examines the familial and domestic life of the female aristocracy in the period 1685-1858, through a study of the families of four Yorkshire country houses: Harewood House; Castle Howard;
The regulation of female identity in the novels of Florence Marryat
This thesis evaluates the contribution to Victorian literary and cultural debate of Florence Marryat (1833-99) a prolific and varied writer yet to receive sustained critical attention. Specifically,
...
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 34 REFERENCES
Uneven Developments: The Ideological Work of Gender in Mid-Victorian England
Mary Poovey's "The Proper Lady and the Woman Writer" has become a standard text in feminist literary discourse. In "Uneven Developments" Poovey turns to broader historical concerns in an analysis of
Body/politics : women and the discourses of science
Body/Politics demonstrates how many of the controversies in modern science involve or invoke the feminine body as their battleground. This groundbreaking collection addresses such scientific issues
The Politics of Evolution: Morphology, Medicine, and Reform in Radical London
Looking for the first time at the cut-price anatomy schools rather than genteel Oxbridge, Desmond winkles out pre- Darwinian evolutionary ideas in reform-minded and politically charged early
The Science of Woman: Gynaecology and Gender in England, 1800-1929
TLDR
This book discusses the 'Unsexing' of Women, the rise of the Women's Hospitals, and the formation of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.
How to Observe Morals and Manners
How to Observe Morals and Manners is the first systematic and substantive treatise on the methodology of sociological research. First published in 1838 and long out of print, this new edition
Has the social history of medicine come of age?
Medical education in the age of improvement. Edinburgh students and apprentices 1760-1826. By Lisa Rosner. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1991. Pp. viii + 273. £30.00. It has recently been
The Disappearance of the Sick-Man from Medical Cosmology, 1770-1870
The sick-man may be said to have disappeared from medical cosmology in two related senses during the period 1770-1870. Firstly, as control over the means of production of medical knowledge shifted
A Dark Science: Women, Sexuality, and Psychiatry in the Nineteenth Century
Why should wait for some days to get or receive the a dark science women sexuality and psychiatry in the nineteenth century book that you order? Why should you take it if you can get the faster one?
Mesmerism and Popular Culture in Early Victorian England
  • A. Winter
  • Art, Medicine
    History of science; an annual review of literature, research and teaching
  • 1994
L'etude des sciences et des therapeutiques medicales en Angleterre au XIX e siecle montre que l'hypnotisme et le magnetisme representent l'embleme des sciences marginales, et ont participe a modeler
Medical care and the general practitioner, 1750-1850
This study is concerned not with famous doctors and their discoveries, but with the rank and file practitioners: the surgeon-apothecaries of the 18th century and the general practitioners of the
...
...