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Victorian Contagion : Risk and Social Control in the Victorian Literary Imagination.

Author: Chung-Jen Chen
Publisher: Milton : Routledge, 2019.
Series: Routledge studies in nineteenth-century literature.
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Victorian Contagion: Risk and Social Control in the Victorian Literary Imagination examines the literary and cultural production of contagion in the Victorian era and the way that production participated in a moral economy of surveillance and control. In this book, I attempt to make sense of how the discursive practice of contagion governed the interactions and correlations between medical science, literary  Read more...
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Chen, Chung-Jen.
Victorian Contagion : Risk and Social Control in the Victorian Literary Imagination.
Milton : Routledge, ©2019
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Chung-Jen Chen
ISBN: 1000691241 9780429343643 0429343647 9781000691542 1000691543 9781000691399 100069139X 9781000691245
OCLC Number: 1117643431
Description: 1 online resource (333 pages)
Contents: IntroductionTheorizing Contagion: The Uses of Contagion in Victorian EnglandVerbalizing Contagion: Edwin Chadwick's Narratives and the Rise of Public Health Governance"All Smell is Disease": Medical Realism in Charles Dickens's Narratives of SanitationSerial Outbreaks: Florence Nightingale and the Narrative Practice of NursingFrom Imagined Community to Imagined Immunity: Medical Realism in Elizabeth Gaskell's NovelsAesthetics of Sanitation and Social Practice in Dickens's Novels: Prostitution and Moral Politics of Contagions"A Clean City is a Healthy City": Normativity and Contagions in Victorian Slum NarrativesVictorian Materials and Rubbish Theory: Charles Dickens and the Recycling of Society in Our Mutual FriendConclusion
Series Title: Routledge studies in nineteenth-century literature.

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Victorian Contagion: Risk and Social Control in the Victorian Literary Imagination examines the literary and cultural production of contagion in the Victorian era and the way that production participated in a moral economy of surveillance and control. In this book, I attempt to make sense of how the discursive practice of contagion governed the interactions and correlations between medical science, literary creation, and cultural imagination. Victorians dealt with the menace of contagion by theorizing a working motto in claiming the goodness and godliness in cleanliness which was theorized, realized, and radicalized both through practice and imagination. The Victorian discourse around cleanliness and contagion, including all its treatments and preventions, developed into a culture of medicalization, a perception of surveillance, a politics of health, an economy of morality, and a way of thinking. This book is an attempt to understands the literary and cultural elements which contributed to fear and anticipation of contagion, and to explain why and how these elements still matter to us today.

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