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Desire and Disorder: Fevers, Fictions, and Feeling in English Georgian Culture
     

Desire and Disorder: Fevers, Fictions, and Feeling in English Georgian Culture

by Candace Ward
 
This is a richly contextualized study of a subject at the nexus of several current, scholarly concerns: colonialism, medical theory, sentimentalism, identity discourse, and fiction. Applying a variety of sources - medical, judicial, theoretical, and historical - to literary works, the book argues that the literary representations about fever formed an essential

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This is a richly contextualized study of a subject at the nexus of several current, scholarly concerns: colonialism, medical theory, sentimentalism, identity discourse, and fiction. Applying a variety of sources - medical, judicial, theoretical, and historical - to literary works, the book argues that the literary representations about fever formed an essential way to construct identity and that this identity carried political and ideological implications. Desire and Disorder offers a nuanced and sophisticated reading of a wealth of texts - both canonical and currently just beginning to be reread - that are key in literary and cultural history. Ward persistently observes the "troubling" as well as ordering aspects of the association of disease and identity, so that both the culture of Georgian England and the literary texts examined here emerge in a new light. It is an important, thoughtful study that shows how the previously under-regarded - indeed, largely ignored - discourse of health and disease underscores and underpins most of the fundamental structures and currents of eighteenth-century society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781611482560
Publisher:
Bucknell University Press
Publication date:
05/01/2007
Pages:
297
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Candace Ward is assistant professor of English at Florida State University.

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