(P)Rescription Narratives: Feminist Medical Fiction And The Failure Of American Censorship (Interventions In Nineteenth-Century American Literature And Culture)

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Examines how women writers of medical fiction rewrite cultural narratives of the female body against censorship under the Comstock Law (P)rescription Narratives reveals how the act of narrative creates the subjects of disability, race, and gender during a period of censorship in American history. In a Crip Affect reading of woman-authored medical fiction from the Comstock Law era, this book astutely argues that women writers of medical fiction practice storytelling as a form of narrative medicine that prescribes various forms of healing as an antidote to the shame engineered by an American culture of censorship. Woman-authored medical fiction exposes the limitations of social construction and materiality in conversations about the female body since subject formation relies upon multiple force relations that shape and are shaped by one another in ongoing processes that do not stop despite our efforts to interpret cultural artifacts. These multiple failures - to censor, to resist, to interpret - open up a space for negotiating how we engage the world with greater empathy. Stephanie Peebles Tavera is Assistant Professor of English at Texas A&M University, Central Texas.


  • | Author: Stephanie Peebles Tavera
  • | Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
  • | Publication Date: Jul 31, 2022
  • | Number of Pages: 240 pages
  • | Language: English
  • | Binding: Hardcover
  • | ISBN-10: 147449319X
  • | ISBN-13: 9781474493192
Author:
Stephanie Peebles Tavera
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date:
Jul 31, 2022
Number of pages:
240 pages
Language:
English
Binding:
Hardcover
ISBN-10:
147449319X
ISBN-13:
9781474493192