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Introduction

Cristobal Silva

in Miraculous Plagues

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199743476
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199896868 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199743476.003.0000
Introduction

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The introduction situates epidemiology as an analytical framework, and demonstrates the power of epidemiology to reorganize national, economic, and geopolitical boundaries around Western etiologies of illness. In doing so, it addresses four primary questions: (1) What does epidemiology mean in the context of literary criticism? (2) What is the relation between epidemiology and seventeenth-century New England? (3) What is an “epidemiology of narrative”? (4) What does an epidemiology of narrative teach us about Early American studies?

Keywords: John Snow; Priscilla Wald; Cindy Patton; epidemiology; immunological syntax; virgin soil epidemics; literary criticism; narrative

Chapter.  9251 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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