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The Representation of Bodily Pain in Late
                        Nineteenth–Century English Culture$
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Lucy Bending

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198187172

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198187172.001.0001

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The Representation of Bodily Pain in Late Nineteenth–Century English Culture

Lucy Bending

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter sets out the focus of this book, namely the arguments over the meaning and interpretation of pain as they appeared in many different forms of literature — whether novels, medical textbooks, campaigning pamphlets, advertisements, or sermons — primarily in the last two decades of the 19th century. It traces the relationships between different understandings of physical pain by looking at the language and arguments of those who described it, and maps the changing perceptions of pain against specific medical, theological, anthropological, and technological developments.

Keywords:   pain perception, Victorian literature, physical pain, bodily pain

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