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Pathographical and Pathological in Zola and Proust

Duffy, Larry (2021) Pathographical and Pathological in Zola and Proust. Essays in French Literature and Culture, 58 . pp. 69-86. ISSN 1835-7040. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:95412)

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This article outlines two common approaches within French Studies scholarship to the medical content of literary texts: a discursive- based approach designated here as ‘pathological’, and an approach focused on narratives of the experience of human suffering, illness and recovery designated ‘pathographical’. The article, aiming to situate French Studies scholarship in relation to Medical Humanities, identifies tensions between the two approaches before identifying common ground in adopting them productively in relation to works by Émile Zola – an archetype of the ‘pathological’ author – and Marcel Proust, author of the emblematic ‘autopathographical’ narrative. Both authors’ works contain numerous instances of ‘medical humanities’ preoccupations, approachable from both ‘pathological’ and ‘pathographical’ perspectives.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Culture and Languages
Depositing User: Larry Duffy
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2022 09:51 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2022 11:07 UTC
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