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Writing illness and identity in seventeenth-century Britain

Writing illness and identity in seventeenth-century Britain

Thorley, David, 1979- author

This book is a survey of personal illness as described in various forms of early modern manuscript life-writing. Observing that medical explanations for illness were fewer than may be imagined, the author explores the social and religious frameworks by which illness was more commonly recorded and understood. This book is a survey of personal illness as described in various forms of early modern manuscript life-writing. How did people in the seventeenth century rationalise and record illness? Observing that medical explanations for illness were fewer than may be imagined, the author explores the social and religious frameworks by which illness was more commonly recorded and understood. The story that emerges is of illness written into personal manuscripts in prescriptive rather than original terms. This study uncovers the ways in which illness, so described, contributed to the self-patterning these texts were set up to perform

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Published Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, [2016]
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Statement of responsibility: David Thorley
ISBN: 1137593121, 9781137593122
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Formerly CIP.
Physical Description: ix, 231 pages
Series: Palgrave studies in literature, science and medicine
Subject: United Kingdom, Great Britain; Literary studies: c 1600 to c 1800; Fiction & related items; Diseases in literature.; Psychology: the self, ego, identity, personality; English prose literature 17th century History and criticism.; Literary studies: general; Ireland; Fiction: general & literary; Literature: history & criticism; English; Literature; Public health & preventive medicine; 17th century, c 1600 to c 1699; 18th century, c 1700 to c 1799
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 9781137593115

Contents

  1. Acknowledgements.- Abbreviations.- Introduction.- 1. Diaries.- 2. Autobiography.- 3. Letters.- 4. Poetry.- Conclusion.- Notes.- Bibliography.- Index.