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Empire Under the Microscope : Parasitology and the British Literary Imagination, 1885–1935

Publication year: 2022

ISBN: 978-3-030-84717-3

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This book considers science and empire, and the stories we tell ourselves about them. Emilie Taylor-Pirie examines a wealth of archival material including medical lectures, scientific publications, popular biography, and personal and professional correspondence, alongside novels, poems, newspaper articles, and political speeches, to excavate the shared vocabularies of literature and medicine. She demonstrates how forms such as poetry and biography; genres such as imperial romance and detective fiction; and modes such as adventure and the Gothic, together informed how tropical diseases, their parasites, and their vectors, were understood in relation to race, gender, and nation.

Subject: Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, Nineteenth-Century Literature, Twentieth-Century Literature, Fiction, Medicine, Science, Illness, Disease, Fin-de-siècle, Epidemiology, Haemotology, Bram Stoker, Sheridan Le Fanu, Arthur Conan Doyle