Fashionable Discourse of Disease at the Watering-Places of Literature, 1770-1820

O'Connell, Anita (2017) Fashionable Discourse of Disease at the Watering-Places of Literature, 1770-1820. Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 40 (4). pp. 571-586. ISSN 1754-0194

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As centres for health as well as fashionable holiday destinations, spas and seaside resorts provided rich terrain for the intersection of fashion and illness. The combination of sociability and ill health gave rise to a fashionable discourse of disease as an increasingly intensive focus on medicalisation was perpetuated by fashionable conversation. Many complained that such talk led to imagining illnesses, thus spreading trends for certain diseases. This article examines satires of the fashionable conversation of disease at the watering-places, arguing that they take issue with a perceived rising vein of hypochondria within these centres for illness and sociability.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: fashionable diseases, sociability, illness, watering-places, spas, seaside resorts,Austen, Gomersall, hypochondria
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Q200 Comparative Literary studies
V300 History by topic
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2017 16:01
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 16:46

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