Imagining Contagion in Early Modern Europe

  • Claire L. Carlin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Theory

  3. Practice

  4. Projections

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 261-289

About this book


The ideological underpinnings of early modern theories of contagion are dissected in this volume by an integrated team of literary scholars, cultural historians, historians of medicine and art historians. Even today, the spread of disease inspires moralizing discourse and the ostracism of groups thought responsible for contagion; the fear of illness and the desire to make sense of it are demonstrated in the current preoccupation with HIV, SARS, 'mad cow' disease, West Nile virus and avian flu, to cite but a few contemporary examples. Imagining Contagion in Early Modern Europe explores the nature of understanding when humanity is faced with threats to its well-being, if not to its very survival.


England Europe Renaissance resistance

Editors and affiliations

  • Claire L. Carlin
    • 1
  1. 1.University of VictoriaCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2005
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-51974-3
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-52261-9
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