Dr Hosanna Krienke

My research interests include history of medicine, history of the novel, narrative ethics, disability studies, and medical humanities. I am currently working on a book manuscript, entitled Convalescent Time: The Afterlife of Illness in the Victorian Novel, which demonstrates how cultural practices surrounding physical rehabilitation shaped nineteenth-century narrative forms. Specifically, the Victorian convalescence movement instructed patients and caregivers to abstain from forecasting the possible outcomes of recuperative care. Instead of predicting the future, patients learned to make meaning out of the day-to-day struggles of rehabilitation. I argue that many novels deploy narratives structured by "convalescent time" as an ethical paradigm for interacting with their unfolding plots. Rather than anticipating the closure of novelistic endings, readers of Victorian novels are deliberately trained to value the ambivalent interpretive opportunities of unresolved narrative.




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