Leprosy and Empire: A Medical and Cultural History (Cambridge Social and Cultural Histories)

Leprosy and Empire: A Medical and Cultural History (Cambridge Social and Cultural Histories)

Rod Edmond


An cutting edge, interdisciplinary examine of why leprosy, a disorder with a truly low point of an infection, has many times provoked revulsion and worry. Rod Edmond explores, specifically, how those reactions have been refashioned within the glossy colonial interval. starting as a scientific heritage, the publication broadens into an exam of the way Britain and its colonies spoke back to the believed unfold of leprosy. around the empire this concerned setting apart sufferers of the ailment in 'colonies', frequently on offshore islands. dialogue of the segregation of lepers is then prolonged to analogous examples of this tradition, which, it's argued, has been a vital a part of the repertoire of colonialism within the sleek interval. The ebook additionally examines literary representations of leprosy in Romantic, Victorian and twentieth-century writing, and concludes with a dialogue of traveller-writers corresponding to R. L. Stevenson and Graham Greene who defined and fictionalised their event of staying in a leper colony.

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