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Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine

Syphilis in Victorian Literature and Culture

Medicine, Knowledge and the Spectacle of Victorian Invisibility

Authors: Pietrzak-Franger, Monika

  • Examines cultural representations of syphilis across media
    Looks at the implications of syphilis for late Victorian culture
    Goes beyond the traditional gender-race-class approach to the disease

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About this book

This book addresses the evident but unexplored intertwining of visibility and invisibility in the discourses around syphilis. A rethinking of the disease with reference to its ambiguous status, and the ways of seeing that it generated, helps reconsider the network of socio-cultural and political interrelations which were negotiated through syphilis, thereby also raising larger questions about its function in the construction of individual, national and imperial identities. This book is the first large-scale interdisciplinary study of syphilis in late Victorian Britain whose significance lies in its unprecedented attention to the multimedia and multi-discursive evocations of syphilis. An examination of the heterogeneous sources that it offers, many of which have up to this point escaped critical attention, makes it possible to reveal the complex and poly-ideological reasons for the activation of syphilis imagery and its symbolic function in late Victorian culture. 

About the authors

Monika Pietrzak-Franger is Visiting Professor at the University of Hamburg, Germany. She has published widely on Victorian and neo-Victorian studies, gender, medicine, visual culture and adaptation. She is author of The Male Body and Masculinity (2007), editor of Women, Beauty, and Fashion (2014) and co-editor of Neo-Victorianism and Globalisation (2015), Disease, Communication and the Ethics of (In)Visibility (2014), and Reflecting on Darwin (2014).

Reviews

 “This work provides a useful lense for Victorian perspectives on syphilis, offering the potential for parallels to be drawn with more recent times. … Pietrzak-Franger has produced a comprehensive and incisive piece of criticism, made all the more impressive for previous lack of attention to the cultural meanings of syphilis.” (Joe Holloway, The British Society for Literature and Science, bsls.ac.uk, February, 2018)
 

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction: Ways of Seeing

    Pietrzak-Franger, Monika

    Pages 1-25

  • Aetiology and Etymology: Concepts, Bodies, Media

    Pietrzak-Franger, Monika

    Pages 27-70

  • Recognizing Syphilis: Pornographic Knowledge and the Politics of Explanation

    Pietrzak-Franger, Monika

    Pages 71-126

  • Facing Pathology: Modern (Re)Production of Difference

    Pietrzak-Franger, Monika

    Pages 127-183

  • Prophylaxis and Treatment: Geopolitics of Differentiation

    Pietrzak-Franger, Monika

    Pages 185-231

Buy this book

eBook $109.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-49535-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $139.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-49534-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Syphilis in Victorian Literature and Culture
Book Subtitle
Medicine, Knowledge and the Spectacle of Victorian Invisibility
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-49535-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-49535-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-49534-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 339
Number of Illustrations and Tables
16 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
Topics