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
Chakrabarti, Pratik
Moran, Michelle Therese
Lahiri Choudhury, Deep Kanta
Cozzi, Annette
Yip, Ka-che
Greer, Kirsten A.
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
Scientia Canadensis: Journal of the History of Canadian Science, Technology, and Medicine
History of Science
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Journal of Global History
Environmental History
Palgrave Macmillan
University of North Carolina Press
Hong Kong University Press
University of Rochester Press
Duke University Press
Pickering & Chatto
Great Britain, colonies
Medicine and culture
Science and race
Dickens, Charles
Gaskell, Elizabeth
Hardy, Thomas
Thomson, John
Morris, William
Conrad, Joseph
Great Britain
Hawaii (U.S.)
United States
Louisiana (U.S.)
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
18th century

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