Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Arthur Rose
    Pages 1-16 Open Access
  3. Corinne Saunders
    Pages 17-38 Open Access
  4. Naya Tsentourou
    Pages 39-63 Open Access

About this book


This open access book presents five different approaches to reading breath in literature, in response to texts from a range of historical, geographical and cultural environments. Breath, for all its ubiquity in literary texts, has received little attention as a transhistorical literary device. Drawing together scholars of Medieval Romance, Early Modern Drama, Fin de Siècle Aesthetics, American Poetics and the Postcolonial Novel, this book offers the first transhistorical study of breath in literature. At the same time, it shows how the study of breath in literature can contribute to recent developments in the Medical Humanities.  


Open access Medical humanities Breathing Medieval Early Modern Victorian Postcolonial Shakespeare Salman Rushdie Chaucer

Authors and affiliations

  • Arthur Rose
    • 1
  • Stefanie Heine
    • 2
  • Naya Tsentourou
    • 3
  • Corinne Saunders
    • 4
  • Peter Garratt
    • 5
  1. 1.Institute for Medical HumanitiesDurham UniversityDurhamUK
  2. 2.Centre for Comparative LiteratureUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Department of EnglishUniversity of ExeterCornwallUK
  4. 4.Department of English StudiesDurham UniversityDurhamUK
  5. 5.Department of English StudiesDurham UniversityDurhamUK

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