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Dr Krienke's research interests include history of medicine, history of the novel, narrative ethics, disability studies, and medical humanities. She is currently working on a book manuscript, entitled The Afterlife of Illness: Convalescence in Victorian Britain, which demonstrates how cultural practices surrounding physical rehabilitation shaped the narrative form of Victorian novels. 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. She argues that many novels deploy this interpretive posture, or “convalescent logic,” 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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