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Author Gallagher, Noelle, author
Title Itch, clap, pox : venereal disease in the eighteenth-century imagination / Noelle Gallagher
Imprint New Haven : Yale University Press, [2018]
book jacket
 Fu Ssu-Nien WTN LANG BK  RC201.47 G162 2018    AVAILABLE    30530001316108
Descript x, 267 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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Note Includes bibliographical references and index
Introduction -- Officers and gentlemen -- The pox and prostitution -- Foreigners -- A chapter of noses -- Conclusion
In eighteenth-century Britain, venereal disease was everywhere and nowhere: while physicians and commentators believed the condition to be widespread, it remained shrouded in secrecy, and was often represented using slang, symbolism, and wordplay. In this book, the author explores the cultural significance of the "clap" (gonorrhea), the "pox" (syphilis), and the "itch" (genital scabies) for the development of eighteen-century British literature and art. As a condition both represented through metaphors and used as a metaphor, venereal disease provided a vehicle for the discussion of cultural anxieties about gender, race, commerce, and immigration. The author highlights four key concepts associated with venereal disease, demonstrating how infection's symbolic potency was enhanced by its links to elite masculinity, prostitution, foreignness, and facial deformities. Casting light where the sun rarely shines, this study will fascinate anyone interested in the history of literature, art, medicine, and sexuality
Subject Sexually transmitted diseases in literature -- History -- 18th century
Sexually transmitted diseases in art -- History -- 18th century
Sexually transmitted diseases -- England -- History -- 18th century
Medicine -- England -- History -- 18th century
Medicine in Literature -- history
Medicine in the Arts -- history
Sexually Transmitted Diseases -- history
History, 18th Century
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