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Constructions Of Cancer In Early Modern England

Author : Alanna Skuse
ISBN : 9781137487537
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book is open access under a CC-BY licence. Cancer is perhaps the modern world's most feared disease. Yet, we know relatively little about this malady's history before the nineteenth century. This book provides the first in-depth examination of perceptions of cancerous disease in early modern England. Looking to drama, poetry and polemic as well as medical texts and personal accounts, it contends that early modern people possessed an understanding of cancer which remains recognizable to us today. Many of the ways in which medical practitioners and lay people imagined cancer – as a 'woman's disease' or a 'beast' inside the body – remain strikingly familiar, and they helped to make this disease a byword for treachery and cruelty in discussions of religion, culture and politics. Equally, cancer treatments were among the era's most radical medical and surgical procedures. From buttered frog ointments to agonizing and dangerous surgeries, they raised abiding questions about the nature of disease and the proper role of the medical practitioner.
Category: Literary Criticism

Medicine And Ethics In Black Women S Speculative Fiction

Author : Esther L. Jones
ISBN : 9781137514691
Genre : Literary Criticism
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Speculative fiction often shows the complicated and rather fraught history of medicine as it relates to black women. Through prominent writers like Octavia Butler, Nnedi Okorafor, and Nalo Hopkinson, Jones highlights how personal experiences of illness and disease frequently reflect larger societal sicknesses in connection to race and gender.
Category: Literary Criticism

Breeding And Eugenics In The American Literary Imagination

Author : Ewa Barbara Luczak
ISBN : 9781137545794
Genre : Literary Criticism
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A disturbing but ultimately discredited strain in American thought, eugenics was a crucial ideological force in the early twentieth century. Luczak investigates the work of writers like Jack London and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, to consider the impact of eugenic racial discourse on American literary production from 1900-1940.
Category: Literary Criticism

Literature In The Age Of Celestial Discovery

Author : Judy A. Hayden
ISBN : 9781137568038
Genre : Literary Criticism
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The reconfiguration and relinquishing of one's conviction in a world system long held to be finite required for many in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries a compromise in one's beliefs and the biblical authority on which he or she had relied - and this did not come without serious and complex challenges. Advances in astronomy, such as the theories of Copernicus, the development of the telescope, and Galileo's discoveries and descriptions of the moon sparked intense debate in Early Modern literary discourse. The essays in this collection demonstrate that this discourse not only stimulated international discussion about lunar voyages and otherworldly habitation, but it also developed a political context in which these new discoveries and theories could correspond metaphorically to New World exploration and colonization, to socio-political unrest, and even to kingship and regicide.
Category: Literary Criticism

Thomas De Quincey And The Cognitive Unconscious

Author : Markus Iseli
ISBN : 9781137501080
Genre : Literary Criticism
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This book examines Thomas De Quincey's notion of the unconscious in the light of modern cognitive science and nineteenth-century science. It challenges Freudian theories as the default methodology in order to understand De Quincey's oeuvre and the unconscious in literature more generally.
Category: Literary Criticism

Modern Colonization By Medical Intervention

Author : Nicole Trujillo-Pagan
ISBN : 9789004243712
Genre : Social Science
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This volume explores the establishment of US colonial rule over Puerto Rico through the appropriation and usurpation of the status of local physicians, the undermining of their political legitimacy, and its role in the development of capitalism in the colony.
Category: Social Science

Race In Early Modern England

Author : J. Burton
ISBN : 9780230607330
Genre : History
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This collection makes available for the first time a rich archive of materials that illuminate the history of racial thought and practices in sixteenth and seventeenth century England. A comprehensive introduction shows how these writings are crucial for understanding the pre-Enlightenment lineages of racial categories.
Category: History

The Changing Faces Of Childhood Cancer

Author : Joanna Baines
ISBN : 9781137353528
Genre : Medical
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This book traces the development of British answers to the problem of childhood cancer. The establishment of the NHS and better training for paediatricians, meant children were given access to experimental chemotherapy, sending cure rates soaring. Children with cancer were thrust into the spotlight as individuals' stories of hope hit the headlines.
Category: Medical

The State And Social Change In Early Modern England 1550 1640

Author : S. Hindle
ISBN : 9780230288461
Genre : History
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This is a study of the social and cultural implications of the growth of governance in England in the century after 1550. It is principally concerned with the role played by the middling sort in social and political regulation, especially through the use of the law. It discusses the evolution of public policy in the context of contemporary understandings, of economic change; and analyses litigation, arbitration, social welfare, criminal justice, moral regulation and parochial analyses administration as manifestations of the increasing role of the state in early modern England.
Category: History