Romantic Consumption: The Paradox of Fashionable Breath

Lawlor, Clark (2021) Romantic Consumption: The Paradox of Fashionable Breath. In: The Life of Breath in Literature, Culture and Medicine: Classical to Contemporary. Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine . Palgrave Macmillan, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 285-304. ISBN 9783030744427, 9783030744458, 9783030744434

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The tragic disease of consumption/tuberculosis is, perhaps notoriously, a central disease of literary and artistic international Romanticism, as well as having a profound influence in wider society. Lawlor’s essay analyses the role that breath played in this phenomenon: how could breath and breathlessness possibly contribute to the valorisation of such a horrible illness? Using literary and medical works, this analysis demonstrates that the ‘reality’ (albeit variable) of consumptive breath was often overridden, overwritten, or reframed, by cultural discourses which included religious and classical concepts of breath, new and old medical models, gender and social rank.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
Q300 English studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: John Coen
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2021 09:07
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2021 09:15

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