Fictions of Disease in Early Modern England

Bodies, Plagues and Politics

  • Margaret┬áHealy

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
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  10. Back Matter
    Pages 238-277

About this book


How did early modern people imagine their bodies? What impact did the new disease syphilis and recurrent outbreaks of plague have on these mental landscapes? Why was the glutted belly such a potent symbol of pathology? Ranging from the Reformation through the English Civil War, Fictions of Disease in Early Modern England is a unique study of a fascinating cultural imaginary of 'disease' and its political consequences. Healy's original approach illuminates the period's disease-impregnated literature, including works by Shakespeare, Milton, Dekker, Heywood and others.


English literature fiction humour John Milton politics reformation William Shakespeare

Authors and affiliations

  • Margaret┬áHealy
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SussexUK

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