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Gut Feeling and Digestive Health in Nineteenth-Century Literature, History and Culture

  • Manon Mathias
  • Alison M. Moore

About this book


This book considers the historical and cultural origins of the gut-brain relationship now evidenced in numerous scientific research fields. Bringing together eleven scholars with wide interdisciplinary expertise, the volume examines literal and metaphorical digestion in different spheres of nineteenth-century life. Digestive health is examined in three sections in relation to science, politics and literature during the period, focusing on Northern America, Europe and Australia. Using diverse methodologies, the essays demonstrate that the long nineteenth century was an important moment in the Western understanding and perception of the gastroenterological system and its relation to the mind in the sense of cognition, mental wellbeing, and the emotions. This collection explores how medical breakthroughs are often historically preceded by intuitive models imagined throughout a range of cultural productions. 


digestive health gut health nineteenth-century literature Victorian literature and culture history of science and medicine emotion in gut health indigestion and literature health and wellness nineteenth century

Editors and affiliations

  • Manon Mathias
    • 1
  • Alison M. Moore
    • 2
  1. 1.University of GlasgowGlasgowUK
  2. 2.Western Sydney UniversityPenrithAustralia

About the editors

Manon Mathias is Lecturer in French at the University of Glasgow, UK, and author of Vision in the Novels of George Sand (2016). 

Alison M. Moore is Senior Lecturer in modern European history and Convenor of History research at Western Sydney University, Australia. She is author with Peter Cryle of Frigidity, an Intellectual History (Palgrave, 2011), and author of Sexual Myths of Modernity: Sadism, masochism and historical teleology (2015).


Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Gut Feeling and Digestive Health in Nineteenth-Century Literature, History and Culture
  • Editors Manon Mathias
    Alison M. Moore
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies Literature, Cultural and Media Studies (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-01856-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-40438-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-01857-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 276
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Nineteenth-Century Literature
    Literary History
    History of Science
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“This collection is an excellent example of interdisciplinary medical humanities scholarship: its essays are erudite and informative: they engage critically with a range of literary, medical and scientific texts and put them into productive and thought-provoking dialogue. Highly recommended for anyone interested in the ideological, political and metaphorical significance of digestive health in nineteenth-century culture.” (Professor Hannah Thompson, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)