'She read on more eagerly, almost breathlessly': Mary Elizabeth Braddon's challenge to medical depictions of female masturbation in "The doctor's wife"

Garrison, Laurie (2011) 'She read on more eagerly, almost breathlessly': Mary Elizabeth Braddon's challenge to medical depictions of female masturbation in "The doctor's wife". In: The female body in medicine and literature. Liverpool University Press, Liverpool, pp. 148-168. ISBN 9781846314728

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Abstract

By drawing on a range of early nineteenth-century medical texts, this chapter documents dominant ideas about female masturbation in the period. The reproduction and interogation of these ideas in Mary Braddon's novel The Doctor's Wife is then read as a challenge to the proscriptive female sexual roles apparent in the medical texts.

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Additional Information:By drawing on a range of early nineteenth-century medical texts, this chapter documents dominant ideas about female masturbation in the period. The reproduction and interogation of these ideas in Mary Braddon's novel The Doctor's Wife is then read as a challenge to the proscriptive female sexual roles apparent in the medical texts.
Keywords:masturbation in women - history, Mary Braddon, history of medicine, The Doctor's Wife
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q300 English studies
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q323 English Literature by topic
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V380 History of Science
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q322 English Literature by author
Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q321 English Literature by period
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Humanities
ID Code:4081
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Deposited On:22 Feb 2011 22:24
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