Book ID: CBB048634164

Malaria and Victorian Fictions of Empire (2018)


Howell, Jessica (Author)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 252
Language: English

The impact of malaria on humankind has been profound. Focusing on depictions of this iconic 'disease of empire' in nineteenth-century and postcolonial fiction, Jessica Howell shows that authors such as Charles Dickens, Henry James, H. Rider Haggard, Olive Schreiner and Rudyard Kipling did not simply adopt the discourses of malarial containment and cure offered by colonial medicine. Instead, these authors adapted and rewrote some common associations with malarial images such as swamps, ruins, mosquitoes, blood, and fever. They also made use of the unique potential of fiction by incorporating chronic, cyclical illness, bodily transformation and adaptation within the very structures of their novels. Howell's study also examines the postcolonial literature of Amitav Ghosh and Derek Walcott, arguing that these authors use the multivalent and subversive potential of malaria in order to rewrite the legacies of colonial medicine.

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Authors & Contributors
Beattie, James
Cozzi, Annette
Yip, Ka-che
Lacerda-Queiroz, Norinne
Teixeira, Antônio Lúcio
Queiroz Sobrinho, Antônio
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Health and History
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Journal of Social History
European Journal for the History of Medicine and Health
Palgrave Macmillan
Cambridge University Press
Hong Kong University Press
Pickering & Chatto
Stanford University
Medicine and culture
Great Britain, colonies
Disease and diseases
Dickens, Charles
Gaskell, Elizabeth
Hardy, Thomas
Morris, William
Conrad, Joseph
Elliot, John
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
18th century
17th century
15th century
Great Britain
Hong Kong
East India Company (English)

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