CONSTRUCTIONS OF CANCER IN EARLY MODERN ENGLAND RAVENOUS NATURES PALGRAVE STUDIES IN LITERATURE SCIENCE AND MEDICINE

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Constructions Of Cancer In Early Modern England

Author : Alanna Skuse
ISBN : 9781137487537
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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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: Language Arts & Disciplines

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

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

Eighteenth Century Research

Author : Michel Delon
ISBN : UVA:X004287278
Genre : Eighteenth century
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Category: Eighteenth century