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p. 946. Enduring imageslocked

  • Paul Slack

Abstract

‘Enduring images’ examines the depiction of plague in art and literature to understand how the disease was imagined in the past. Images of plague have a continuous history, invented and elaborated over the centuries. The earliest of these images refer to the supposed supernatural causes of great epidemics. Many civilizations have attributed disease to angry gods. By the seventeenth century print was bringing images of plague to a wide audience, allowing local authorities to present the official view of epidemics and advertise precautions against it. Plague became a popular topic for literary fiction in the early nineteenth century.

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