Nineteenth-Century Narratives of Contagion

'Our Feverish Contact'

By Allan Conrad Christensen

© 2005 – Routledge

360 pages

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About the Book

This intriguing book examines the ways contagion - or disease - inform and shape a wide variety of nineteenth century texts and contexts.

Christiensen dissects the cultural assumptions concerning disease, health, impurity and so on before exploring different perspectives on key themes such as plague, nursing and the hospital environment and focusing on certain key texts including Dicken's Bleak House, Gaskell's Ruth, and Zola's Le Docteur Pascal.

About the Author

Allan Conrad Christensen is Professor of English at John Cabot University in Rome. He is the author of Edward Bulwer-Lytton: The Fiction of New Regions (1976) and a book on the Italian Victorian novelist Giovanni Ruffini (1996).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HEA039000
HEALTH & FITNESS / Diseases / General
LIT000000
LITERARY CRITICISM / General
LIT004130
LITERARY CRITICISM / European / General