Wounds and Wonder:Emotion, Imagination and War in the Cultures of Romantic Surgery

Brown, Michael (2020) Wounds and Wonder:Emotion, Imagination and War in the Cultures of Romantic Surgery. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 43 (2). pp. 239-259. ISSN 1754-0194

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Abstract

This article uses the writings of the surgical siblings John and Charles Bell to explore the relationships between surgery, war and emotion in the Romantic era. Drawing on the argument that it was in this period that war came to be constructed as the 'ultimate' emotional experience, rich in pathos and distinct from anything in civil life, it argues that surgeons such as the Bells might capitalise on the cultural cachet of war to bridge the professional and experiential divide between the civil and military spheres, but that this process was fraught with complexity and ambiguity, both politically and emotionally.

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Journal Article
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Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies
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175310
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09 Sep 2022 15:35
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Published
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09 Sep 2022 15:35