Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Tuberculosis and the Victorian Literary Imagination Series Number 74 (Hardback)
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Cambridge Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Tuberculosis and the Victorian Literary Imagination Series Number 74 (Hardback)

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Tuberculosis was a widespread and deadly disease which devastated the British population in the nineteenth century: consequently it also had a huge impact upon public consciousness. This text explores the representations of tuberculosis in nineteenth-century literature and culture. Fears about gender roles, degeneration, national efficiency and sexual transgression all play their part in the portrayal of 'consumption', a disease which encompassed a variety of cultural associations. Through an examination of a range of Victorian texts, from well-known and popular novels by Charles Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell to critically neglected works by Mrs Humphry Ward and Charles Reade, this work reveals the metaphors of illness which surrounded tuberculosis and the ways those metaphors were used in the fiction of the day. The book also contains detailed analysis of the substantial body of writing by nineteenth-century physicians which exists about this disease, and examines the complex relationship between medical 'fact' and literary fiction.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521766678
Number of pages: 242
Weight: 490 g
Dimensions: 229 x 157 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Byrne's is a really useful and most enjoyable book - it's carefully argued, connects a deep understanding of the novels with an excellent reading of the cultural, social and economic history of the Victorian era ... Also, it conveys the relevance of literature for the history of medicine in a very positive way. This is a beautiful piece of work in the field of medical humanities which deserves almost universal praise and recognition.' Archiv
"Byrne's analysis in this book is generally well researched and well contextualized. Students and scholars alike should be grateful for the work here underpinning what is, overall, a rich and useful resource." Victorian Studies
"Byrne's is a really useful and most enjoyable book - it's carefully argued, connects a deep understanding of the novels with an excellent reading of the cultural, social and economic history of the Victorian era ... Also, it conveys the relevance of literature for the history of medicine in a very positive way. This is a beautiful piece of work in the field of medical humanities which deserves almost universal praise and recognition." Archiv

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