Essays in Contagion Theory

  • Kari Nixon
  • Lorenzo Servitje

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Lorenzo Servitje, Kari Nixon
    Pages 1-17
  3. Contagious Culture and Cultures of Contagion

  4. Digital Virality

  5. Theorizing the Politics of Contagion in a Neoliberal World

  6. Reconstructing Contagion

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 291-300

About this book


This book develops a new multimodal theoretical model of contagion for interdisciplinary scholars, featuring contributions from influential scholars spanning the fields of medical humanities, philosophy, political science, media studies, technoculture, literature, and bioethics. Exploring the nexus of contagion's metaphorical and material aspects, this volume contends that contagiousness in its digital, metaphorical, and biological forms is a pervasively endemic condition in our contemporary moment. 

The chapters explore both endemicity itself and how epidemic discourse has become endemic to processes of social construction. Designed to simultaneously prime those new to the discourse of humanistic perspectives of contagion, complicate issues of interest to seasoned scholars of science and technology studies, and add new topics for debate and inquiry in the field of bioethics, Endemicwill be of wide interest for researchers and educators.


STS Science and Technology Studies Social media Social networks Media studies Semiotics Social theory Virality Disease Medical sociology Medical humanities Cultural studies viruses Ebola Bacteria Discourse

Editors and affiliations

  • Kari Nixon
    • 1
  • Lorenzo Servitje
    • 2
  1. 1.EnglishSouthern Methodist University, USADallasUSA
  2. 2.Department of EnglishUniversity of California Riverside, USARiversideUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-52140-8
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-52141-5
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