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Author Gilman, Ernest B., 1946-

Title Plague writing in early modern England / Ernest B. Gilman
Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 295 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction: The view from the mountain -- Diagnosing plague narratives -- The plague and the word -- Jonson, regime change, and the plague of 1603 -- Here lies Ben Jonson -- John Donne : translating the plague -- Writing the "Great plague" : Pepys and Defoe -- Conclusion: The view from here
Summary During the seventeenth century, England was beset by three epidemics of the bubonic plague, each outbreak claiming between a quarter and a third of the population of London and other urban centers. Surveying a wide range of responses to these epidemics-sermons, medical tracts, pious exhortations, satirical pamphlets, and political commentary-Plague Writing in Early Modern England brings to life the many and complex ways Londoners made sense of such unspeakable devastation
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-267) and index
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Subject Diseases and literature -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Diseases in literature.
English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism.
Epidemics in literature.
Epidemics -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Literature and society -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Plague in literature.
Plague -- Political aspects.
Plague -- Religious aspects.
Plague -- England -- History -- 17th century.
Medicine in Literature.
Disease Outbreaks -- history.
History, 17th Century.
History, Early Modern 1451-1600.
Literature, Medieval -- history.
Plague -- epidemiology.
Plague -- history.
Religion and Medicine.
United Kingdom.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0226294099 (Cloth)
0226294110 (electronic bk.)
9780226294094 (Cloth)
9780226294117 (electronic bk.)