Nineteenth-Century Narratives of Contagion: 'Our Feverish Contact'

1st Edition

Allan Conrad Christensen

Routledge
Published December 16, 2013
Reference - 360 Pages
ISBN 9780415836159 - CAT# Y149464
Series: Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature

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Summary

This intriguing book examines the ways contagion - or disease - inform and shape a wide variety of nineteenth century texts and contexts.

Christensen dissects the cultural assumptions concerning disease, health, impurity and so on before exploring different perspectives on key themes such as plague, nursing and the hospital environment and focusing on certain key texts including Dickens's Bleak House, Gaskell's Ruth, and Zola's Le Docteur Pascal.

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