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The Science of Starving in Victorian Literature, Medicine, and Political Economy

Andrew Mangham

Abstract

What actually happens to our bodies when we starve? How does the sensation of hunger come about, and how exactly does going without food lead to death? Do we die from hunger, or do we die from the secondary conditions it causes? And how is the physiology of something so familiar to us, experienced by each of us every day, so little known? This book is the first study to suggest that these questions were first explored in detail in the nineteenth century. The Science of Starving in Victorian Literature, Medicine, and Political Economy is a reassessment of the languages and methodologies used, t ... More

Keywords: Starvation, hunger, political economy, physiology, medicine, poverty, realism, social-problem literature, novel

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198850038
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198850038.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Mangham, author
Professor of Victorian Literature and Medical Humanities, University of Reading

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