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Reading Contagion: The Hazards of Reading in the Age of Print

Annika Mann
Format
Book
Published
Charlottesville ; London : University of Virginia Press, 2018.
Language
English
ISBN
9780813941776, 0813941776, 9780813941783
Summary
"This books examines eighteenth-century beliefs that reading threatened to transform the world by creating new embodied collectives and fomenting large-scale epidemics"--
Contents
  • Introduction: theorizing reading in the age of print
  • Reading contagion in eighteenth-century medicine
  • Infection: inspiring Alexander Pope's Dunciad
  • Inoculation: Tobias Smollett and remediation
  • Propagation: regeneration and William Blake's "Visible form"
  • Extinction: sanitation and the end of plague in Mary Shelley's The last man
  • Afterword: Germs, circulating libraries and the great book scare.
Description
xi, 257 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
  • Revision of author's thesis (PhD)--Indiana University, 2011.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Local Notes
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Original black cloth; dust jacket. Gift of the University of Virginia Press, November 2018.
Technical Details
  • Access in Virgo Classic

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