Foretelling pathology: The poetics of prognosis

Cryle, Peter (2006) Foretelling pathology: The poetics of prognosis. French Cultural Studies, 17 1: 107-122. doi:10.1177/0957155806060799

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Author Cryle, Peter
Title Foretelling pathology: The poetics of prognosis
Journal name French Cultural Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0097-1558
Publication date 2006-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/0957155806060799
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 17
Issue 1
Start page 107
End page 122
Total pages 16
Editor B. Rigby
Place of publication Chalfont St. Giles, U.K.
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Subject C1
420303 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
420206 French
780107 Studies in human society
Abstract This paper examines a number of French middle-brow novels, usually called at the time romans de murs, from the period 1880-1910. It shows how, in these stories, doctors are shown to foretell the course of narrative through the diagnosis of certain pathologies, especially psychosexual ones. These pathologies are thus represented as implacable narrative programmes. In effect, most of these novels renounce the standard fictional resources of intrigue and suspense in favour of the relentless working out of their initial prognosis. The authority of medical discourse is therefore not just confirmed and disseminated: it is elaborated as fatality in the very terms of the novel. Copyright © SAGE Publications.
Keyword History of sexuality
Medical vulgarisation
Naturalist fiction
Popular fiction
Roman de murs
Sexual pathology
Q-Index Code C1

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