By M. Healy
How did early sleek humans think their our bodies? What effect did the recent disorder syphilis and recurrent outbreaks of plague have on those psychological landscapes? Why was once the glutted abdominal one of these powerful image of pathology? starting from the Reformation in the course of the English Civil warfare, Fictions of illness is a distinct examine of a desirable cultural imaginary of "disease" and its political results. Healy's unique method illuminates the period's disease-impregnated literature, together with works by means of Shakespeare, Heywood, Milton, Dekker, and others.
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Medical schemas c. 1600 are, in fact, remarkably diverse and unstable. As will also be becoming apparent, changing socio-geographical patterns (particularly in London); a rise in epidemic disease associated with slum developments; the legislation designed to control the spread of disease and the idle poor associated with it; and, indeed, the manifestations and characteristics of the biological causative agents, all have important bearings on representations of the diseased body in medical, political and literary contexts.
49 Religious, alchemical, Neoplatonic and Paracelsan ideas are all implicated The Humoral–Paracelsan Body 41 in the rise of an occult discourse in some medical books. Lemnius’ and Burton’s sly spirits are a ﬂamboyant manifestation of this tendency but Thomas Lodge’s account of contagion reveals a subtler veering in a similar direction: Contagion, is an evil qualitie in a bodie, communicated unto an other by touch, engendring one and the same disposition in him to whom it is communicated. . very properly is he reputed infectious, that hath in himselfe an evil, malignant, venemous, or vitious disposition, which may be imparted and bestowed on an other by touch.
I will appoint over you fearefulnesse, a consumption, and the burning agewe . . likewise in Deuteronomie: the Lord shall smite thee with a consumption . . (p. 282) The primary ‘enimie’ to health in The Haven is deﬁnitely sin associated with the unleashing of beastly appetites through inadequate self-government and failing to heed God’s Word (‘Plague and sicknesse be Gods punishment’, p. 262). The godly individual should do everything in his power to avoid ‘falling’: he must maintain a regimented castle; ‘avoide the place infected’ (p.
Fictions of Disease in Early Modern England: Bodies, Plagues and Politics by M. Healy