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Bills of Mortality

Disease and Destiny in Plague Literature from Early Modern to Postmodern Times


Patrick Reilly

Bills of Mortality: Disease and Destiny in Plague Literature from Early Modern to Postmodern Times explores the dynamic between the fact of plague and the constructs of destiny deadly disease generates in literary texts ranging from Daniel Defoe’s A Journal of the Plague Year to Tony Kushner’s Angels in America. The volume is of interest to readers in both literary and scientific, especially medical, fields. In addition, it serves as an accessible introduction to plague literature and to the arena in which it has evolved since ancient times. To undergraduate and graduate students, Bills of Mortality affords an opportunity for scholarly engagement in a topic no less timely now than it was when plague struck Milan in 1629 or ravaged Venice in 1912 or felled Thebes in antiquity.
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Reilly, Patrick.Bills of Mortality: Disease and Destiny in Plague Literaturefrom Early Modern to Postmodern Times / Patrick Reilly.pages cm. - (Currents in Comparative Romance Languages and Literatures; Vol. 223)Includes bibliographical references and index.1. Diseases in literature. 2. Plague in literature. 3. Epidemics in literature. I. Title.PN56.D56R45 809'.933561-dc23 2013043407ISBN 978-1-4331-2422-8 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4539-1282-9 (e-book)ISSN 0893-5963

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Cover image: Pietro Perugino [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

© 2015 Patrick Reilly Peter Lang Publishing, Inc., New York29 Broadway, 18th floor, New York, NY

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