Consumption And Literature: The Making of the Romantic Disease

Hardcover | October 31, 2006

byC. 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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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 ...

CLARK LAWLOR is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He has edited (with Akihito Suzuki) Sciences of Body and Mind in Literature and Sciences, 1660-1834, vol. 2 (2003), and has written many scholarly articles on literature, science and medicine.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.03 inPublished:October 31, 2006Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan UKLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230020038

ISBN - 13:9780230020030

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements * Introduction * PART I: RENAISSANCE * Consumption and Love Melancholy: The Renaissance Tradition * The 'Golden Disease': Early Modern Religious Consumptions * PART II: ENLIGHTENMENT * 'The genteel, linear, consumptive make': the Disease of Sensibility and the Sentimental * 'A consuming malady and a consuming mistress': Consumptive Masculinity and Sensibility * PART III: 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 * Bibliography * Index