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Consumption and Literature The Making of the Romantic Disease

ISBN-10: 0230020038

ISBN-13: 9780230020030

Edition: 2007

Authors: Clark Lawlor

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This fasincating new book seeks to explain an important and unanswered question: how consumption - a horrible disease - came to be the glamorous and artistic Romantic malady. It argues that literary works (cultural media) are not secondary in our perceptions of disease, but are among the primary determinants of physical experience. In order to explain the apparent disparity between literary myth and bodily reality, Lawlor examines literature and medicine from the Renaissance to the late Victorian period, and covers a wide range of authors and characters, major and minor, British and American (Shakespeare, Sterne, Mary Tighe, Keats, Amelia Opie).
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Book details

List price: $105.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 10/31/2006
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 243
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Renaissance
Consumption and Love Melancholy; The Renaissance Tradition
The 'Golden Disease': Early Modern Religious Consumptions
Enlightenment
'The genteel, linear, consumptive make': The Disease of Sensibility and the Sentimental
'A consuming malady and a consuming mistress': Consumptive Masculinity and Sensibility
Romantic and Victorian
Wasting Poets
'Seeming delicately slim': Consumed and Consuming Women
Meeting Keats in Heaven: David Gray and the Romantic Legacy
Conclusion: Germ Theory and After
Notes
Bibliography
Index