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Imagining contagion in early modern Europe

Author: Claire L Carlin
Publisher: Basingstoke [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this volume, specialists in social and cultural history, early modern literature, philosophy and art history come together to explore the intersection between the material and the metaphorical at a time when emerging scientific discovery coexisted with traditional beliefs. An examination of the evolving knowledge, fears and desires of the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries can help us reflect on the 21st-century
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Claire L Carlin
ISBN: 1403939268 9781403939265
OCLC Number: 58563155
Description: xii, 289 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: PART I. THEORY --
Fracastoro's De Contagione and Medieval reflection on 'action at a distance': old and new trends in Renaissance discourse on the plague / Isabelle Pantin --
The animism of ambient air at the end of the Middle Ages / Glaude Gagnon --
Windows on contagion / Donald Beecher --
Contagions of love: textual transmission / Nancy Frelick --
The devil's curses: the demonic origin of disease in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries / Marianne Closson --
PART II. PRACTICE --
Apples and moustaches: Montaigne's grin in the face of infection / Hélène Cazes --
Contagion, honour and urban life in early modern Germany / Mitchell Lewis Hammond --
Corruptible bodies and contaminating technologies: Jesuit devotional print and the 1656 plague in Naples / Rose Marie San Juan --
Quarantine and caress / Frédéric Charbonneau --
The preaching disease: contagious ecstasy in eighteenth-century Sweden / Daniel Lindmark --
PART III. PROJECTIONS --
A contagion at the source of discourse on sexualities: syphilis during the French Renaissance / Guy Poirier --
Contagious laughter and the Burlesque: from the literal to the metaphorical / Dominique Bertrand --
The pathology of reading: the novel as an agent of contagion / Michel Fournier --
Religious contagion in mid-seventeenth-century England / Nicole Greenspan --
Contagion by conceit: mentruosity and the rhetoric of smallpox into the age of inoculation / David E. Shuttleton.
Responsibility: edited by Claire L. Carlin.
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