Alea : Estudos Neolatinos
Print version ISSN 1517-106X
SCHMITT, Vanessa Costa e Silva and PONGE, Robert. Literatura, história e medicina: a formação e o quotidiano profissionais de Zênon, médico do século XVI, em A Obra em Negro de Marguerite Yourcenar. Alea [online]. 2010, vol.12, n.2, pp.269-287. ISSN 1517-106X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1517-106X2010000200007.
This paper, which belongs to the field of studies on the presence and image of history and society in literature, aims to analyze how sixteenth century medicine is shown in L'OEuvre au Noir (1968), Marguerite Yourcenar's novel whose main character is a physician, Zeno (the title of the novel was translated into english as The Abyss or, alternatively, Zeno of Bruges). The paper begins with a brief introduction to the plot of L'OEuvre au Noir. Then, given the amplitude of the topic, its scope is restricted to examine two issues: Zeno's medical training and his everyday professional life in Bruges.
Keywords : Literature and History; Literature and Medicine; Sixteenth century; Yourcenar (Marguerite); L'OEuvre au Noir.