Kept from all contagion : germ theory, disease, and the dilemma of human contact in late nineteenth-century literature /

"Kept from All Contagion explores the surprising social effects of germ theory in the late nineteenth-century. Connecting groups of others rarely studied in tandem by highlighting their shared interest in changing interpersonal relationships in the wake of germ theory, this book takes a surpris...

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Nixon, Kari (Author)
Format: Book
Published: Albany : State University of New York Press, [2020]
Series:SUNY series, studies in the long nineteenth century.
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction: "The germ theory again" : disease, ideology, and the possibilities of biotic life in the world of antibiotic purity
  • Keep bleeding : plague, vaccination debates, and the necessity of leaky boundaries in Defoe's Journal of the plague year and Shelley's The last man
  • "A speculative idea" : childbed fever, early germ theory debates, and (en)gendered speculation in Henry James's Washington Square
  • Separation and suffocation : tuberculosis, etiological uncertainty, and female friendship in women's fiction
  • Tainted love : venereal disease, morality, and the contagious disease acts in Ibsen's Ghosts and Hardy's The woodlanders and Jude the obscure
  • Humanity's waste : typhoid fever, the failure of isolation, and the development of probiotics in three late-century works
  • Conclusion: Shuffling within our mortal coil.