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Literary Disability Studies

Tuberculosis and Disabled Identity in Nineteenth Century Literature

Invalid Lives

Authors: Tankard, Alex

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  • Demonstrates that recognisable, politicised, and self-aware disabled identities were possible one hundred years before the modern Disability Rights movement 
  • Argues that emerging biomedical model of tuberculosis began to undermine the dominance of sentimental, Romantic, and religious models of consumptive identity  
  • Argues that when the right social and cultural conditions aligned, these remarkable disabled identities could even be found in bestselling or canonical Victorian novels 
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Until the nineteenth century, consumptives were depicted as sensitive, angelic beings whose purpose was to die beautifully and set an example of pious suffering – while, in reality, many people with tuberculosis faced unemployment, destitution, and an unlovely death in the workhouse. Focusing on the period 1821-1912, in which modern ideas about disease, disability, and eugenics emerged to challenge Romanticism and sentimentality, Invalid Lives examines representations of nineteenth-century consumptives as disabled people. Letters, self-help books, eugenic propaganda, and press interviews with consumptive artists suggest that people with tuberculosis were disabled as much by oppressive social structures and cultural stereotypes as by the illness itself. Invalid Lives asks whether disruptive consumptive characters in Wuthering Heights, Jude the Obscure, The Idiot, and Beatrice Harraden’s 1893 New Woman novel Ships That Pass in the Night represented critical, politicised models of disabled identity (and disabled masculinity) decades before the modern disability movement.

About the authors

Alex Tankard lectures in English Literature at the University of Chester, UK. She has published essays on Aubrey Beardsley and Doc Holliday and tuberculosis; this is her first book.

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“Tuberculosis and Disabled Identity is an intensely informative text, which puts forward challenging and nuanced theories and readings while still remaining accessible to the reader. It offers a new and exciting perspective on nineteenth century fiction which engages with the literary tradition of depicting the ‘consumptive’, and does so in a fascinating, thought-provoking, and enlightening way.” (Emily Jessica Turner, The British Society for Literature and Science, bsls.ac.uk, October 30, 2018)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Tankard, Alex

    Pages 1-24

  • Medical and Social Influences on Consumptive Identity, 1821–1912

    Tankard, Alex

    Pages 25-62

  • Victimhood and Death: Consumptive Stereotypes in Fiction and Non-fiction

    Tankard, Alex

    Pages 63-97

  • ‘I Hate Everybody!’: The Unnatural Consumptive in Wuthering Heights (1847)

    Tankard, Alex

    Pages 99-133

  • ‘Too Much Misery in the World’: Protest in Jude the Obscure (1895) and Ippolit’s ‘Necessary Explanation’ in The Idiot (1869)

    Tankard, Alex

    Pages 135-166

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Hardcover $99.99
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  • Due: March 29, 2019
  • ISBN 978-3-319-89074-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Tuberculosis and Disabled Identity in Nineteenth Century Literature
Book Subtitle
Invalid Lives
Authors
Series Title
Literary Disability Studies
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-71446-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-71446-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-71445-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-89074-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 238
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