*sigh* I'm still struggling with my conference paper. (And by "struggling," I mean, "haven't started writing it yet.") I don't feel like I have anything really new and interesting to say about Austen's hypochondriacs; Anita
Gorman and John Wiltshire seem to have covered the important points already. Tangent: the library copy that I have of Wiltshire's book is, of course, library bound, so there's no picture on the front. The standard edition, however, features a picture of the stairs on the Cobb at Lyme, where Louisa Musgrove fell and whacked her noggin:
I must say, those are some wicked stairs.
So anyway, my paper. With which I am struggling. I think I need to focus more on how Austen's treatment of hypochondria/health anxiety shows her engagement with the ideology of her time period, maybe by looking for information on other prominent Romantics and health anxiety. [Note to self: this is a Wordsworth conference, maybe I should say something about Wordsworth?] The thing is, my research so far has been extremely educational, which is great, but in another sense I feel like it hasn't really advanced my project much. I am getting very stressed out about this. I'm at the point now where I should really really be writing the paper, so I have adequate time for revision. I don't care if real professionals write their conference papers on the plane, I am NOT doing it that way.