Book ID: CBB440335571

Myths and Memories of the Black Death (2021)


Dodds, Ben (Author)

Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 2021
Language: English

Publication Date: 2021
Physical Details: 297

This book explores modern representations of the Black Death, a medieval pandemic. The concept of cultural memory is used to examine the ways in which journalists, writers of fiction, scholars and others referred to, described and explained the Black Death from around 1800 onwards. The distant medieval past was often used to make sense of aspects of the present, from the cholera pandemics of the nineteenth-century to the climate crisis of the early twenty-first century. A series of overlapping myths related to the Black Death emerged based only in part on historical evidence. Cultural memory circulates in a variety of media from the scholarly article to the video game and online video clip, and the connections and differences between mediated representations of the Black Death are considered. The Black Death is one of the most well-known aspects of the medieval world, and this study of its associated memories and myths reveals the depth and complexity of interactions between the distant and recent past.

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Authors & Contributors
Green, Monica H.
Varlik, Nükhet
Buell, Paul D.
Byrne, Joseph Patrick
Conforti, Maria
Little, Lester K.
American Historical Review
Centaurus: International Magazine of the History of Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Medizinhistorisches Journal
Social Science History
Cambridge University Press
Carocci Editore
HarperCollins Publishers
University of Chicago Press
Arc Humanities Press
Public health
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
21st century
14th century
Mediterranean region
Great Britain

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