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- DescriptionSmallpox was a much feared disease until modern times, responsible for many deaths worldwide and reaching epidemic proportions amongst the British population in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This book is a substantial critical study of the literary representation of the disease and its victims between the Restoration and the development of iculation against smallpox around 1800. David Shuttleton draws upon a wide range of canical texts including works by Dryden, Johnson, Steele, Goldsmith and Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, the latter having experimented with vaccination against smallpox. He reads these texts alongside medical treatises and the rare, but moving writings of smallpox survivors, showing how medical and imaginative writers developed a shared tradition of figurative tropes, myths and metaphors. This fascinating study uncovers the cultural impact of smallpox, and the different ways writers found to come to terms with the terror of disease and death.
- Author BiographyDavid E. Shuttleton is Lecturer in English at the University of Wales Aberystwyth.
- Author(s)David Shuttleton
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication17/05/2007
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note13 b/w illus.
- Weight550 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine17 mm
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