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Disease and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Fashioning the Unfashionable (London: Palgrave, 2016)

Edited by Allan Ingram and Leigh Wetherall Dickson


Introduction: Fashioning the Unfashionable
Allan Ingram and Leigh Wetherall Dickson

Section I: Ennui
1. ‘[F]ictitious [D]istress’ or Veritable Woe?: The Problem of Eighteenth-Century Ennui
Heather Meek
2. ‘What is fashionably termed ennui’: Maria Edgeworth Represents the Clinically Bored
Jane Taylor

Section II: Diseases of Sexuality
3. Dean Swift on the Great Pox: or, The Satirist as Physician
Hermann J. Real
4. The à la Mode Disease: Syphilis and Temporality
Emily Cock
5. Of Fribblers and Fumblers: Fashioning Male Impotence in the Long Eighteenth Century
Kirsten Juhas

Section III: Infectious Diseases
6. Fashioning Unfashionable Plague: Daniel Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year (1722)
Hélène Dachez
7. How Small is Small? Small Pox, Large Presence
Allan Ingram
8. ‘Halfe Dead: and rotten at the Coare: my Lord!’: Fashionable and Unfashionable Consumption, from Early Modern to Enlightenment
Clark Lawlor

Section IV: Fashioning Death
9. Death by Inoculation: The Fashioning of Mortality in Eighteenth-Century Smallpox Pamphlets,
Kelly McGuire
10. Fashion Victim: Suicide, Sociability and High Society in Georgiana Cavendish’s The Sylph
Leigh Wetherall Dickson
11. ‘Alas, poor Yorick!’: Jonathan Swift, Madness, and Fashionable Science
Helen Deutsch

Pathological Reading

Edited by James Kennaway and Anita O'Connell

The collection considers eighteenth and nineteenth-century discourses on the health hazards of reading in their medical, cultural, and political context.


Guest Editors’ Introduction: Pathological Reading
James Kennaway and Anita O’Connell

Two Kinds of “Literary Poison”: Diseases of the Learned and Overstimulating Novels in Georgian Britain
James Kennaway

Toxic Texts and Reading Remedies: Literary Medicine in Eighteenth-Century Print Cultures
Ashleigh Blackwood

The Medical Dangers of Literary Genius
Sharon Ruston

Leaky Bodies, Bawdy Books: Gonorrhea and Reading in Eighteenth-Century Britain
Darren N. Wagner

The Visceral Novel Reader and Novelized Medicine in Georgian Britain
Monika Class

French Hoffmania: Théophile Gautier’s “Onuphrius” (1833) and the Critique of the Etiology of Pathological Reading
Victoire Feuillebois

Werther Goes Viral: Suicide, Textual Contagion, and Infectious Sympathy
Michelle Faubert

Radical Contagion in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine
Jessica Roberts

The Lazy Reader: Labor, Books, and Disease in Nineteenth-Century Germany
Norman Aselmeyer

The Discourse on Dangerous Reading in Nineteenth-Century Latvia
Pauls Daija and Eva Eglāja-Kristsone

Reading Disorders: Pro-Eating Disorder Rhetoric and Anorexia Life-Writing
Emma Seaber

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