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Reading contagion : the hazards of reading in the age of print

Author: Annika Mann
Publisher: Charlottesville ; London : University of Virginia Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This books examines eighteenth-century beliefs that reading threatened to transform the world by creating new embodied collectives and fomenting large-scale epidemics"--
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Annika Mann
ISBN: 9780813941776 0813941776
OCLC Number: 1035364155
Notes: Revision of author's thesis (doctoral)--Indiana University, 2011.
Description: xi, 257 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : theorizing reading in the age of print --
Reading contagion in eighteenth-century medicine --
Infection : inspiring Alexander Pope's Dunciad --
Inoculation : Tobias Smollett and remediation --
Propagation : regeneration and William Blake's "Visible form" --
Extinction : sanitation and the end of plague in Mary Shelley's The last man --
Afterword : germs, circulating libraries, and the great book scare.
Other Titles: Hazards of reading in the age of print
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