Conclusion and Coda: A Presidential Election, My Cousin Rachel, and the Lingering Effects of the Medicinal Poisoner

  • Sara L. Crosby
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine book series (PLSM)


Crosby ends her examination of the medicalized poisonous woman with a coda that follows the metaphor and its political implications into the two opposing narratives still shaping constructions of the public in the USA. She investigates how this vision of America as either multi-racial and feminist or white and male supremacist played out in the rhetoric around poisonous women in the 2016 presidential election and how it lingers in current films about poisonous women, such as 2017’s My Cousin Rachel.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sara L. Crosby
    • 1
  1. 1.The Ohio State University at MarionMarionUSA

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