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Framing and Imagining Disease in Cultural History

  • George Sebastian Rousseau
  • Miranda Gill
  • David Haycock
  • Malte Herwig

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Introduction

    1. George Sebastian Rousseau
      Pages 1-48
  3. Framing and Imagining Disease

  4. Framing and Imagining Madness

  5. The Patient’s Narratives and Images

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Philip Rieder
      Pages 215-230
    3. George Sebastian Rousseau, David Boyd Haycock
      Pages 231-265
  6. Towards a Poetics and Metaphorics of Disease

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 321-329

About this book


Throughout human history illness has been socially interpreted before its range of meanings could be understood and disseminated. Writers of diverse types have been as active in constructing these meanings as doctors, yet it is only recently that literary traditions have been recognized as a rich archive for these interpretations. These essays focus on the methodological hurdles encountered in retrieving these interpretations, called 'framing' by the authors. Framing and Imagining Disease in Cultural History aims to explain what has been said about these interpretations and to compare their value.


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Editors and affiliations

  • George Sebastian Rousseau
    • 1
  • Miranda Gill
    • 2
  • David Haycock
    • 3
  • Malte Herwig
    • 2
  1. 1.Priceton UniversityUK
  2. 2.University of OxfordUK
  3. 3.St John’s CollegeOxfordUK

About the editors

CATERINO ALBANO Artakt, London STEPHAN BESSER Researcher, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, University of Amsterdam KIRSTIE BLAIR Researcher, Keble College, Oxford DAVID BOYD HAYCOCK Researcher, Freelance MICHAEL R. FINN Researcher, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada PAMELA K. GILBERT Researcher, University of Florida, Gainsville MIRANDA GILL Researcher, Christ Church, Oxford MALTE HERWIG Researcher, Merton College, Oxford EMESE LAFFERTON Researcher, University of Budapest, Hungary PHILIP RIEDER Researcher, University of Geneva DAVID E. SHUTTLETON Lecturer, University of Wales, Aberystwyth AGNIESZKA STECZOWICZ Researcher, Lincoln College, Oxford JANE WEISS Researcher, State University of New York College, Old Westbury, New York

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