Disease and Literature Disease In Nineteenth-Century Literature - Essay

Disease In Nineteenth-Century Literature

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

Audrey G. Peterson

SOURCE: "Brain Fever in Nineteenth-Century Literature: Fact and Fiction," in Victorian Studies, Vol. XIX, No. 4, June, 1976, pp. 445-64.

[In the following essay, Peterson elucidates the medical disorder described in the nineteenth century as "brain fever" and examines its representations in works of fiction during this period.]

When Heathcliff returned to Wuthering Heights Catherine Linton was subjected to such severe emotional stress that she developed a "brain fever" which ultimately contributed to her death. When Emma Bovary learned that her lover Rodolphe had abandoned her, she fell into "une fièvre cérébrale" and was...

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