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

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Nixon, Kari (Author)
Corporate Author: EBSCOhost
Format: eBook
Published: Albany : State University of New York Press, [2020]
Series:Book collections on Project MUSE.
Online Access:Connect to the full text of this electronic book
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 : concluding remarks.