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The physician-novelist in Third Republican France

The physician-novelist in Third Republican France
The physician-novelist in Third Republican France
The article takes as its central subject the French physicians who crafted a parallel persona as literary authors. From the early years of the Third Republic (1870-1940) medical men–and occasionally women–published prose fiction and other genres of popular writing, whether as an act of commercially driven enterprise, to seek wider influence for their medical ideas, or to fashion themselves as a certain kind of cultural elite. Despite widespread recognition among scholars of long-lived traditions of medical humanism and the ‘art of medicine’, the phenomenon of the physician-novelist has been much less systematically explored. The paper focuses on three interwar examples—Dr James-Edward Ruffier, Dr Maurice Boigey and Dr Maurice Fleury–who range across this spectrum of motivation and status, and asks what the literary initiatives and professional range of these figures might suggest about how physicians in this period positioned themselves as cultural experts as well as medical ones. In doing so, the article seeks to locate the agency of individual physicians in the wider medicalisation of interwar society.
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Tumblety, Joan
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Tumblety, Joan
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Tumblety, Joan (2018) The physician-novelist in Third Republican France History

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The article takes as its central subject the French physicians who crafted a parallel persona as literary authors. From the early years of the Third Republic (1870-1940) medical men–and occasionally women–published prose fiction and other genres of popular writing, whether as an act of commercially driven enterprise, to seek wider influence for their medical ideas, or to fashion themselves as a certain kind of cultural elite. Despite widespread recognition among scholars of long-lived traditions of medical humanism and the ‘art of medicine’, the phenomenon of the physician-novelist has been much less systematically explored. The paper focuses on three interwar examples—Dr James-Edward Ruffier, Dr Maurice Boigey and Dr Maurice Fleury–who range across this spectrum of motivation and status, and asks what the literary initiatives and professional range of these figures might suggest about how physicians in this period positioned themselves as cultural experts as well as medical ones. In doing so, the article seeks to locate the agency of individual physicians in the wider medicalisation of interwar society.

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In preparation date: 2018
Organisations: History

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Local EPrints ID: 411203
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/411203
ISSN: 0018-2648
PURE UUID: 08c2e282-2494-4b19-9d5b-ac490cf4cf7e

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Date deposited: 15 Jun 2017 16:31
Last modified: 14 Jul 2017 16:30

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Author: Joan Tumblety

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