This book investigates the specific conception and descent of a language of 'degeneration' from 1848–1918.
Table of Contents
1. Contexts; Part I. France: 2. Dégénérescence and revolution; 3. Zola's prognosis; 4. The wake of dégénérescence; Part II. Italy: 5. Lombroso's criminal science; Part III. England: 6. Fictions of degeneration; 7. Crime, urban degeneration and national decadence; 8. Concluding remarks.
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