Introduction: Ways of Seeing

  • Monika Pietrzak-Franger
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine book series (PLSM)


The introduction emphasizes the importance of the concept of invisibility for the cultural significance of syphilis at the fin de siècle and for its subsequent study. It charts the major critical tendencies and registers some of the blind spots characteristic of the research on syphilis. The book’s perspective highlights the plurality of views surrounding syphilis in the late nineteenth century and allows for the specific media and discourses around the disease to bear on one another.


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  • Monika Pietrzak-Franger
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  1. 1.Institut fùr Anglistik und AmerikanistikUniversität HamburgHamburgGermany

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