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Neophilologus

, Volume 92, Issue 3, pp 409-416

L’homme au scalpel: la figure de l’anatomiste dans le roman terrifiant du XIXe siècle

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Abstract

In 19th-century literature, the character of the anatomist, a new avatar of the demonic hero, embodies a negative conception of science: a figure of limitation rather than of triumph. Though this morbid scientist first appears in gothic and romantic works, his appearance in critical texts confirms what the former suggests: the anatomist carries out a meta-textual function as a metaphor for the author. Thus the question arises: which science does the anatomist’s scalpel serve and, consequently, which writing is served by the writer’s pen?