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Contagionism and Contagious Diseases: Medicine and Literature 1880-1933.


Contagionism and Contagious Diseases: Medicine and Literature 1880-1933

Edited by Thomas Rutten and Martina King

De Gruyter


242 pages



Spectrum Literature; Band 38


In the context of the parallel development of bacteriology and modernist literature, historians of medicine, scholars of German literature, and other contributors explore facets of contagionism at the end of the 19th century and first decades of the 20th, showing how this discourse is a constituent part of the intellectual history of Modernism. Among the topics are rousing emotions in the description of contagious diseases in Modernism, contagionism and its consequences n Lasswitz and Wells, Thomas Mann's Doktor Faustus and a medical discourse on syphilis, spiritual epidemics and psychic contagion in the works of Gustav Meyrink, and different paradigms of cohabitation with parasites in a German narrative of contagion around 1930. The 10 essays are revised from presentations at an August 2011 conference in Newcastle, England.

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