Medical poems and the romantic rise of disciplinarity Public Deposited

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  • Rogers, Kathleen Béres
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of English and Comparative Literature
  • Traditionally, Romanticism has been viewed as a movement at odds with early nineteenth-century scientific developments. By examining Romantic-era philosophies of literature and science through the lens of medical poetry by both canonical and unpublished British and American writers, I argue that medical poetry (poetry by medical practitioners and patients) significantly contributed to the rise of medicine. Through its emphasis on status, sympathy, clinical detachment, and patients' agency, it laid down many of the discipline's epistemological foundations. While critics have examined poems by well-known medical practitioners like John Keats and George Crabbe, mine is the first comprehensive scholarly analysis of this genre.
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