Consumption in Literature, Romantic Affliction?
Didb72 on 07/29/2009
|Literature in the 19th century romanticized the suffering of tuberculosis. In the first part of the 20th century, discoveries about the lethal and infectious character of the disease helped to eradicate this romantic feeling. |
However, in the second half of the 20th century, this romantic feeling reappeared. The reality of the disease was overtaken by the endurance of 19th century novels, and the long list of famous victims of tuberculosis among writers and artists.
Susan Sontag explained in her book “Illness as Metaphor” that the romantic view of the disease only resurfaced when science managed to treat the disease successfully in the 1950’s. There was a perpetuation of the myth of romance linked to the disease. Writers used their own experience of the disease as a source of inspiration and creativity, making the image of disease extremely romantic.
Definiton from Wikipedia: "Tuberculosis or consumption is an infectious disease caused by bacterium in humans, the infection may be lethal in some cases. Tuberculosis usually attacks the lungs but can also affect the central nervous system, the lymphatic system, the circulatory system, the genitourinary system, the gastrointestinal system, bones, joints, and even the skin. In the past, tuberculosis was also called consumption because it seemed to consume people from within."
This is a quiz about consumption in literature. The picture is related to question 5. The connection between the title and the picture is not obvious but everything will be revealed in good time. This is not just a “whose novel is it?” quiz, I've tried to create a quiz viewed a different angle. Enjoy!
My sources are online medical references and Wikipedia.
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