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Poetics of Palliation: Romantic Literary Therapy, 1790-1850

Birttany Pladek


In the past twenty years, health humanists and scholars of literature and medicine have drawn on Romantic ideas to argue that literature can cure spiritual ills by making sufferers feel whole again. But this model oversimplifies the relationship between literature and pain, perpetuating a distorted picture of how Romantic writers thought literature addressed suffering. The Poetics of Palliation documents how writers like William Wordsworth and Mary Shelley developed more complex, palliative forms of literary medicine: therapies that stressed literature’s manifold relationship to pain and its p ... More

Keywords: Romanticism, medical humanities, literature and medicine, poetry therapy, palliative care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781786942210
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781786942210.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Birttany Pladek, author
Marquette University