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Title Charles Dickens and the sciences of childhood : popular medicine, child health and Victorian culture / by Katharina Boehm.
Imprint Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.


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Description 1 online resource
Series Palgrave studies in nineteenth-century writing and culture
Palgrave studies in nineteenth-century writing and culture.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Print version record.
Subject Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Knowledge -- Science.
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870 -- Characters -- Children.
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.
Children in literature.
Science in literature.
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Contents 1. Experimental Subjects: "Oliver Twist" and the Culture of Mesmerist Experimentation -- 2. Hothouse Children: "Dombey and Son" and Popular Medical Child Health Manuals -- 3. Dickens, the Social Mission of Victorian Paediatrics and the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children -- 4. The Feelings of Childhood: Dickens and the Study of the Child's Mind -- 5. Monstrous Births and Saltationism in "Our Mutual Friend" and Popular Anatomical Museums.
Summary The first in-depth study of Dickens's creative engagement with popular science and medicine, this book brings to light the scientific entertainments, shows and institutions, and the material and print cultures that revolutionized the ways in which Victorian audiences encountered childhood. It explores Dickens's literary and journalistic writings, his private interests and public causes across the span of his long career. In doing so, it offers a new way of understanding Dickens's preoccupation with childhood by showing how his fascination with novel scientific ideas about childhood and with new practices of scientific inquiry shaped the development of his narrative techniques and aesthetic imagination. Drawing on fascinating archival material, this book reconstructs Dickens's experience of mesmerist trials and hospital ward tours, anatomical museums and popular scientific performances.
Other Title Print version: Boehm, Katharina, 1984- Charles Dickens and the sciences of childhood 9781137362490