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Disease and death in eighteenth-century literature and culture: fashioning the unfashionable

Disease and death in eighteenth-century literature and culture: fashioning the unfashionable

Ingram, Allan, editor; Dickson, Leigh Wetherall, editor

This collection examines different aspects of attitudes towards disease and death in writing of the long eighteenth century. Taking three conditions as examples - ennui, sexual diseases and infectious diseases - as well as death itself, contributors explore the ways in which writing of the period placed them within a borderland between fashionability and unfashionability, relating them to current social fashions and trends. These essays also look at ways in which diseases were fashioned into bearing cultural, moral, religious and even political meaning. Works of literature are used as evidence, but also medical writings, personal correspondence and diaries. Diseases or conditions subject to scrutiny include syphilis, male impotence, plague, smallpox and consumption. Death, finally, is looked at both in terms of writers constructing meanings within death and of the fashioning of posthumous reputation

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Published London: Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]
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Statement of responsibility: Allan Ingram, Leigh Wetherall Dickson, editors
ISBN: 1137597186, 9781137597182
Note: Formerly CIP.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: viii, 290 pages
Series: Palgrave studies in literature, science and medicine
Subject: Literature; 19th century, c 1800 to c 1899; English; Literature, Modern 18th century History and criticism.; Literary studies: c 1600 to c 1800; Civilization, Modern 18th century.; 18th century, c 1700 to c 1799; Literary theory; Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900; Death in literature.; Diseases in literature.; Literature: history & criticism
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Palgrave studies in literature, science and medicine.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781137597175


  1. Introduction
  2. Fashioning the Unfashionable
  3. Allan Ingram and Leigh Wetherall Dickson.- PART I
  4. ENNUI.- 1. '[F]ictitious [D]istress' or Veritable Woe?
  5. The Problem of Eighteenth-Century Ennui
  6. Heather Meek.- 2. 'What is fashionably termed ennui'
  7. Maria Edgeworth Represents the Clinically Bored
  8. Jane Taylor.- PART II
  9. DISEASE OF SEXUALITY.- 3. Dean Swift on the Great Pox: or, The Satirist as Physician
  10. Hermann J. Real.- 4. The à la Mode Disease
  11. Syphilis and Temporality
  12. Emily Cock.- 5. Of Fribblers and Fumblers
  13. Fashioning Male Impotence in the Long Eighteenth Century
  14. Kirsten Juhas.- PART III
  15. INFECTIOUS DISEASES.- 6. Fashioning Unfashionable Plague
  16. Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year (1722)
  17. Hélène Dachez.- 7. How Small is Small? Small Pox, Large Presence
  18. Allan Ingram.- 8. 'Halfe Dead: and rotten at the Coare: my Lord!'
  19. Fashionable and Unfashionable Consumption, from Early Modern to Enlightenment
  20. Clark Lawlor.- PART IV: FASHIONING DEATH.- 9. Death by Inoculation
  21. The Fashioning of Mortality in Eighteenth-Century Smallpox Pamphlets
  22. Kelly McGuire.- 10. Fashion Victim: Suicide, Sociability and High Society in Georgiana Cavendish's The Sylph
  23. Leigh Wetherall Dickson.- 11. 'Alas, poor Yorick!'
  24. Jonathan Swift, Madness, and Fashionable Science
  25. Helen Deutsch.- Bibliography.- Index.