Invalid Women: Figuring Feminine Illness in American Fiction and Culture, 1840-1940

Synopsis

A provocative study based on imaginative historical research and very fine close readings. The book provides a useful American complement to Helena Michie's The Flesh Made Word and Margaret Homans's Bearing the World. It should prove enlightening and otherwise useful not just to scholars of American literature, but also to those engaged in American studies, feminist criticism and theory, women's studies, the sociology of medicine and illness, and the history of science and medicine.

Cynthia S. Jordan, Indiana University