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Smallpox and the Literary Imagination, 1660-1820 (Hardcover, New) Loot Price: R1,945 Discovery Miles 19 450
Smallpox and the Literary Imagination, 1660-1820 (Hardcover, New): David Shuttleton
Smallpox and the Literary Imagination, 1660-1820 (Hardcover, New): David Shuttleton

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Smallpox and the Literary Imagination, 1660-1820 (Hardcover, New)

David Shuttleton

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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.

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Imprint: Cambridge UniversityPress
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: May 2007
First published: 2007
Authors: David Shuttleton
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 280
Edition: New
ISBN-13: 978-0-521-87209-6
Barcode: 9780521872096
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > 16th to 18th centuries
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Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > 19th century
LSN: 0-521-87209-X

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