By Clark Lawlor (auth.)
Read or Download Consumption and Literature: The Making of the Romantic Disease PDF
Similar gothic & romance books
In his examine of Romantic naturalists and early environmentalists, Dewey W. corridor asserts that William Wordsworth and Ralph Waldo Emerson have been transatlantic literary figures who have been either motivated via the English naturalist Gilbert White. partly 1, corridor examines facts that as Romantic naturalists drawn to meteorology, Wordsworth and Emerson engaged in proto-environmental job that drew awareness to the aptitude outcomes of the locomotive's incursion into Windermere and harmony.
Valéry’s Graveyard is in components. the 1st half provides the French textual content of Paul Valéry’s poem Le Cimetière marin (The Graveyard by way of the ocean) and a dealing with English translation, by way of a descriptive account of the poem that units out its major structural and dynamic positive factors and lines its narrative.
This booklet describes the emergence of ecological figuring out one of the English Romantic poets, arguing that this new holistic paradigm provided a conceptual and ideological foundation for American environmentalism. Coleridge, Wordsworth, Blake, John Clare, and Mary Shelley all contributed to the elemental principles and center values of the fashionable environmental circulation; their important impression was once brazenly stated by way of Emerson, Thoreau, John Muir, and Mary Austin.
- A New Companion to the Gothic
- A World of Possibilities: Romantic Irony in Victorian Literature (Studies in Victorian Life and Literature)
- Emily Dickinson's Gothic: Goblin With A Gauge
- Bram Stoker, Dracula and the Victorian Gothic Stage
Extra info for Consumption and Literature: The Making of the Romantic Disease
Beginning by asserting his own medical authority, 30 Consumption and Literature Browne notes that lay persons are often not aware that consumption is fatal, partly because of the fabled spes phthisica or ‘hope of the phthisic’ that, because they feel reasonably well and symptomless, they have hopes of recovery: strange it is, that the common fallacy of consumptive persons, who feel not themselves dying, and therefore still hope to live, should also reach their friends in perfect health and judgement;- that you should be so little acquainted with Plautus’s sick complexion, or that almost an Hippocratical face should not alarm you to higher fears, or rather despair, of his continuation in such an emaciated state, wherein medical predictions fail not, as sometimes in acute diseases, and wherein ‘tis as dangerous to be sentenced by a physician as a judge.
14 Phthisis, a synonym for consumption, is part of a procession of diseases, distinguishing itself by its chronic, inevitably fatal nature and initial lack of obvious symptoms. Garth’s description of phthisis is secular, a manifestation of Augustan thinking cast in terms of a siege metaphor. But Sir Christopher Wyvill’s poem ‘Mors Mea’ (‘My Death’), published half a century earlier in 1647, ponders the matter of how he might die and his preferences for the manner of his going in a religious way.
Here, economic over-consumption is responsible for the medical variety, as the body is unable to digest adequately such new-fangled and sophisticated products, creating a type of blood quality and flow that corrupts the solids – whose job it is to variously direct, retain, alter and separate the fluids. Meat and liquor in particular agitate, accelerate and heat the blood, increasing its corrosive or ‘acrimonious’ properties. The best way to combat these is through a light, vegetarian and milky diet which ‘cools’ the blood back down to a safe state (188, 209).