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Bills of Mortality

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

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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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Excerpts from “Death in Venice” from Death in Venice and Other Stories by Thomas Mann, translation copyright © 1988 by David Luke. Used by permission of Bantam Books, an imprint of Random House, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

Excerpts from “Death in Venice” by Thomas Mann (Trans. David Luke). Published by Martin Secker and Warburg (UK). Reprinted by permission of Random House Group Limited.

Excerpts from The Plague by Albert Camus and translated by Stuart Gilbert, translation copyright © 1948 by Stuart Gilbert, copyright renewed 1975 by Stuart Gilbert. Used by permission of Albert A. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved.

Excerpts from Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches. Copyright © 1992, 1993, 2003, 2013 by Tony Kushner. And from Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika. Copyright © 1992, 1993, 1996, 2003, 2013 by Tony Kushner. By permission of author.← ix | x →

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