Yellow Fever Years: An Epidemiology of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture by Ingrid GessnerYellow Fever Years: An Epidemiology of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture by Ingrid Gessner

Yellow Fever Years: An Epidemiology of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture

byIngrid Gessner

Hardcover | November 14, 2016

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Exploring the nexus of American Studies and the Medical Humanities, this book examines the interdisciplinary interfaces between disease and American cultures and literatures. It traces the appropriation of yellow fever to legitimize the young nation and its embeddedness in discourses of race and gender from the late 18th until the end of the 19th century. Previously untapped textual and visual archives provide a heterogeneous base of canonical as well as previously disregarded works that are analyzed for yellow fever’s metaphorical and actual potential of risk and crisis. As a literary history of yellow fever epidemics, it firmly establishes the ideological, socio-political, visual, and cultural processing of the disease, which figures as invasive, inexplicable Other.

Yellow Fever Years has received the Peter Lang Nachwuchspreis 2015.

Ingrid Gessner is Assistant Professor of American Studies at the University of Regensburg. Her interdisciplinary research includes projects of visual culture and literary studies, gender studies, war and peace studies, the medical and digital humanities, and issues of cultural memory and transnationalism.
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Title:Yellow Fever Years: An Epidemiology of Nineteenth-Century American Literature and CultureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:8.45 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:November 14, 2016Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3631674120

ISBN - 13:9783631674123

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Conceptualization – Etiology and History of Yellow Fever – Yellow Fever and the Nation in 1793 – Visuality of Yellow Fever – Gendered Accounts of Yellow Fever – Yellow Fever and Race – Bibliography of Yellow Fever Fiction, Poetry, and Drama 1793-1916 and of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century