By Thomas Rütten,Martina King
The inspiration of contagious transmission, both via fabric debris or via infectious rules, has performed a robust function within the improvement of the Western global due to the fact antiquity. but it bought fairly an actual signature in the course of the technique of clinical and cultural differentiation within the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This quantity explores the importance and cultural services of contagionism during this interval, from notions of infectious homosexuality and the concept that of social contagion to the political implications of bacteriological fieldwork. The historical past of the idea that ‘microbe’ in aesthetic modernism is adressed in addition to bacteriological metaphors in American literary historiography.
Within this vast framework, contagionism as a literary narrative is approached in additional focussed contributions: from its emotional effect in literary modernism to the belief of actual or psychic contagion in authors resembling H.G. Wells, Kurt Lasswitz, Gustav Meyrinck, Ernst Weiss, Thomas Mann and Max Frisch. This twofold procedure of normal issues and person literary case experiences produces a deeper knowing of the symbolic implications of contagionism marking the limits among in poor health and fit, well-known and alien, morally natural and impure.
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