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‘A beauty treatment that leaves us glowing’? Female masturbation and its consequences

Diane Mason

in The Secret Vice: Masturbation in Victorian Fiction and Medical Culture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719077142
eISBN:
9781781701089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719077142.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter begins to take a broader look at the way the symptoms of masturbation can be seen to map over those of other conditions. The chapter commences with a detailed consideration of Victorian ... More


‘Sin is a thing that writes itself across a man's face’ Conflicting signifiers of vice in The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Diane Mason

in The Secret Vice: Masturbation in Victorian Fiction and Medical Culture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719077142
eISBN:
9781781701089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719077142.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

The first part of this chapter examines Oscar Wilde's construction of Dorian Gray, eponymous protagonist of The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890). The analysis illustrates the way in which opium ... More


Physiology as Literary Genre: Passions, Taste, and Social Agendas under the Restoration and July Monarchy

Sean M. Quinlan

in Morbid Undercurrents: Medical Subcultures in Postrevolutionary France

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781501758331
eISBN:
9781501758348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501758331.003.0009
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter talks about another great cultural fashion that hit Paris, one deeply steeped in the biomedical science of the day: a vogue for picturesque and satirical books called “physiologies.” It ... More


Conclusion

Yarí Pérez Marín

in Marvels of Medicine: Literature and Scientific Enquiry in Early Colonial Spanish America

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781789622508
eISBN:
9781800851016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781789622508.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This section briefly discusses the place of sixteenth century print medical texts written by authors who resided in colonial Mexico within the larger context of the study of Latin American letters. ... More


Introduction

Diane Mason

in The Secret Vice: Masturbation in Victorian Fiction and Medical Culture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719077142
eISBN:
9781781701089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719077142.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This book considers the construction and presentation of the masturbator in nineteenth-century fiction and medical writing, and the implication of him or her in a paradoxically ‘secret’ vice, made ... More


Medicine in the Boudoir: The Marquis de Sade and Medical Understanding ­after the Reign of Terror

Sean M. Quinlan

in Morbid Undercurrents: Medical Subcultures in Postrevolutionary France

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781501758331
eISBN:
9781501758348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501758331.003.0003
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter begins with discussing the Marquis de Sade's La Philosophie dans le boudoir. It argues that Sade used medicine for specific political and ideological reasons rooted in the revolutionary ... More


‘It is more than blackguardly, it is deadly’ Masturbation in the male

Diane Mason

in The Secret Vice: Masturbation in Victorian Fiction and Medical Culture

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2012
ISBN:
9780719077142
eISBN:
9781781701089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719077142.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

This chapter considers the discourse on masturbation as it pertains to men. Utilising Lesley Hall's model of the ‘normal male’, the first section examines the way that popular medical writing on ... More


Seeing and Knowing: Readers and Physiognomic Science

Sean M. Quinlan

in Morbid Undercurrents: Medical Subcultures in Postrevolutionary France

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
January 2022
ISBN:
9781501758331
eISBN:
9781501758348
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501758331.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This chapter elaborates one of the first true medical fads to sweep the literary scene of post-revolutionary France: physiognomy, or as its practitioners called it, the art and science of seeing. ... More


The White Noise of Health

David B. Morris

in Illness and Culture in the Postmodern Age

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520208698
eISBN:
9780520926240
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520208698.003.0004
Subject:
Anthropology, Medical Anthropology

On 26 April 1986, in the Ukrainian town of Chernobyl, reactor number four in an aging and poorly designed nuclear power plant blew up. Fire in the graphite moderators produced radioactive gases and ... More


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