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Smallpox and the Literary Imagination, 1660-1820

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Smallpox was a much feared disease until modern times, responsible for many deaths worldwide and reaching epidemic proportions amongst the British population in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This is the first substantial critical study of the literary representation of the disease and its victims between the Restoration and the development of inoculation against smallpox around 1800. David Shuttleton draws upon a wide range of canonical texts including works by Dryden, Johnson, Steele, Goldsmith and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, the latter having experimented with vaccination against smallpox. He reads these texts alongside medical treatises and the rare, but moving writings of smallpox survivors, showing how medical and imaginative writers developed a shared tradition of figurative tropes, myths and metaphors. This fascinating study uncovers the cultural impact of smallpox, and the different ways writers found to come to terms with the terror of disease and death.

Synopsis:

This is the first substantial critical study of the literary representation of smallpox and its victims. David Shuttleton draws upon works by Dryden, Johnson, Steele, Goldsmith and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu to uncover the different ways writers found to come to terms with the terror of disease and death.

Synopsis:

The first substantial critical study of the literary representation of smallpox and its victims.

About the Author

David E. Shuttleton is Lecturer in English at the University of Wales Aberystwyth.

Table of Contents

Prologue; Introduction: imagining smallpox; Part I. Disease: 1. Contagion by conceit; 2. 'What odious change...?': smallpox autopathography; Part II. Death: 3. Smallpox elegy; 4. Sentimental smallpox; Part III. Disfigurement: 5. 'Beauty's enemy' and the disfigured woman; 6. 'Enamel'd not deform'd': manly disfigurements; Part IV. Prevention: 7. 'Beauty's triumph': inoculation; 8. 'Cow mania': vaccination, poetry, and politics; Epilogue; Appendix: smallpox in Georgian portraiture; Select bibliography; Index.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521872096
Author:
Shuttleton, David E., Dr
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Author:
Shuttleton, David E.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Regional, Ethnic, Genre, Specific Subject
Subject:
English literature
Subject:
History
Subject:
English literature -- 18th century.
Subject:
History, 18th Century - England
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9.21x6.33x.85 in. 1.29 lbs.

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