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Contagionism and Contagious Diseases: Medicine and Literature 1880-1933 Martina King

Contagionism and Contagious Diseases: Medicine and Literature 1880-1933

Martina King

Published January 31st 2014
ISBN : 9781306205436
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248 pages
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Understanding how contagion and infection have become powerful metaphors requires a historical reconstruction of this semantic field in the late 19th and early 20th century, when these concepts acquired a scientific meaning. The volume offers anMoreUnderstanding how contagion and infection have become powerful metaphors requires a historical reconstruction of this semantic field in the late 19th and early 20th century, when these concepts acquired a scientific meaning. The volume offers an interdisciplinary approach to the cultural history of contagionism between medical bacteriology, the social sciences and literary adaptations. The symbolic implications of contagion and high-profile contagious diseases are addressed, which mark the boundaries between sick and healthy, familiar and alien, morally pure and impure.