Disease and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture

Ingram, Allan and Wetherall Dickson, Leigh (2016) Disease and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture. Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine . Springer. ISBN 978-1-137-59717-5

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-59718-2

Abstract

This collection examines different aspects of attitudes towards disease and death in writing of the long eighteenth century. Taking three conditions as examples – ennui, sexual diseases and infectious diseases – as well as death itself, contributors explore the ways in which writing of the period placed them within a borderland between fashionability and unfashionability, relating them to current social fashions and trends.

These essays also look at ways in which diseases were fashioned into bearing cultural, moral, religious and even political meaning. Works of literature are used as evidence, but also medical writings, personal correspondence and diaries. Diseases or conditions subject to scrutiny include syphilis, male impotence, plague, smallpox and consumption. Death, finally, is looked at both in terms of writers constructing meanings within death and of the fashioning of posthumous reputation.

Item Type: Book
Subjects: Q900 Others in Linguistics, Classics and related subjects
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2018 08:44
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2018 08:44
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/33395

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