“…so much immortal wealth”: Life in the Sick-Room by Harriet Martineau as Eco-Sustainable Narrative

Loredana Salis (Università di Sassari)

Abstract

Questo studio propone una lettura in chiave eco-critica di Life in the Sick-Room di Harriet Martineau (1844). Scritto apartire da un’esperienza personale dell’autrice, il volume si configura come trattato normativo sulla condizione dell’invalido in epoca vittoriana, e di fatto contribuì notevolmente al dibattito sulla riforma della professione medica e del sistema sanitario inglese del tempo. Martineau non ambisce a trasmettere un messaggio ecosostenibile, e tuttavia la sua concezione di natura in quanto funzionale alla salute fisica e spirituale del lettore riflette i valori promossi da disciplinerecenti quali i Green Studies e i Partnership Studies.

DOI: 10.17456/SIMPLE-69

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