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Consumption and Literature: The Making of the Romantic Disease
by Clark Lawlor
This fasincating new book seeks to explain an important and unanswered question: how consumption - a horrible disease - came to be the glamorous and artistic Romantic malady. It argues that literary works (cultural media) are not secondary in our perceptions of disease, but are among the primary determinants of physical experience. In order to explain the apparent disparit ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published January 9th 2006)
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A good survey of the symbiotic relationship between the aesthetic and medical discourses on consumption. I especially appreciated Lawlor's exploration of the gendered consumption narrative, and the figure of the effeminate male consumptive. Very relevant to my own work on Keats.