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Syphilis and Subjectivity

From the Victorians to the Present

Editors: Nixon, Kari M., Servitje, Lorenzo (Eds.)

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  • Discusses increasing attention to the social constructions of specific diseases, particularly Syphilis
  • Examines how the social meanings exceed the medical significance of Syphilis
  • Holds interdisciplinary appeal across the social sciences and humanities, especially medical anthropology/history/literary studies and cultural studies
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About this book

This book demystifies the cultural work of syphilis from the late nineteenth century to the present. By interrogating the motivations that engender habits of belief, thought, and conduct regarding the disease and notions of the self, this interdisciplinary volume investigates constructions of syphilis that had a significant role in shaping modern subjectivity. Chapters draw from a variety of scholarly methods, such as cultural and literary studies, sociology, and anthropology. Authors unravel the representations and influence of syphilis in various cultural forms: cartography, medical writings, literature, historical periodicals, and contemporary popular discourses such as internet forums and electronic news media.
Exploring the ways syphilitic rhetoric responds to, generates, or threatens social systems and cultural capital offers a method by which we can better understand the geographies of blame that are central to the conceptual heritage of the disease. This unique volume will appeal to students and scholars in the medical humanities, medical sociology, the history of medicine, and Victorian and modernist studies.

About the authors

Kari Nixon is Assistant professor for English at Whitworth University, USA. Her research focuses on the confluence of microbiology, germ theory, and social norms in the late nineteenth century.

Lorenzo Servitje is Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Health, Medicine, and Society Program at Lehigh University, USA. His work examines the mutual constitution of literature and medicine in the Victorian era, in addition to representation of medical discourse in popular culture.


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“Professional historians of medicine (particularly of 20th century medicine) will be interested in this book thanks to its methodological approach, relying on a broad range of sources (including internet forums). Interest in the book goes beyond, as it will serve as a basis for a reflection on the conceptualization of the disease (scientific and medical, as well as societal, literary, and imaginary). This book is a key read in modern medicine rather than just history of medicine.” (Alain Touwaide, Doody's Book Reviews, March, 2018)

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eBook 74,89 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-66367-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 93,59 €
price for Spain (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-66366-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
Softcover 93,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-88226-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Syphilis and Subjectivity
Book Subtitle
From the Victorians to the Present
Editors
  • Kari M. Nixon
  • Lorenzo Servitje
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-66367-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-66367-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-66366-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88226-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 188
Number of Illustrations
1 illustrations in colour
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