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Author Senior, Emily, 1978- author
Title The Caribbean and the medical imagination, 1764-1834 : slavery, disease and colonial modernity / Emily Senior
Imprint Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 2018
book jacket
 Euro-Am 3F Western Mat.  614.4 Se574 2018    AVAILABLE  -  30500101554114
 人文社會聯圖  RA482.C27 S46 2018    AVAILABLE    30600020120490
Descript xii, 284 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Cambridge studies in romanticism ; 119
Cambridge studies in Romanticism ; 119
Note Originally presented as the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of Wisconsin
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-276) and index
Communicating disease : literature and medicine in the Atlantic World -- Part I. Health, Geography and Aesthetics. 'What new forms of death' : the poetics of disease and cure -- The diagnostics of description : medical topography and the colonial picturesque -- Part II. Colonial Bodies. Skin, textuality and colonial feeling -- 'A Seasoned Creole' and 'a Citizen of the World' : white West Indians and Atlantic medical knowledge -- Part III. Revolution and Abolition. The 'intimate union of medicine and magic' : Obeah, revolution and colonial modernity -- Afterword : colonial modernities and after abolition
"During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the Caribbean was known as the 'grave of Europeans'. At the apex of British colonialism in the region between 1764 and 1834, the rapid spread of disease amongst colonist, enslaved and indigenous populations made the Caribbean notorious as one of the deadliest places on earth. Drawing on historical accounts from physicians, surgeons and travellers alongside literary works, Emily Senior traces the cultural impact of such widespread disease and death during the Romantic age of exploration and medical and scientific discovery. Focusing on new fields of knowledge such as dermatology, medical geography and anatomy, Senior shows how literature was crucial to the development and circulation of new medical ideas, and that the Caribbean as the hub of empire played a significant role in the changing disciplines and literary forms associated with the transition to modernity"-- Provided by publisher
Link ebook version : 9781108271554
Subject Medicine -- Caribbean Area -- History
Communicable diseases -- Caribbean Area -- History
Medical literature -- History
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