Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History

Histories of Post-Mortem Contagion

Infectious Corpses and Contested Burials

Editors: Lynteris, Christos, Evans, Nicholas (Eds.)

  • Explores for the first time the social, cultural and medical history of human corpses and burials comparatively
  • Offers insight into an international selection of epidemics from the fourteenth century to the present day 
  • Reveals findings of interest to historians, archaeologists, anthropologists and public health experts
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About this book

This edited volume draws historians and anthropologists together to explore the contested worlds of epidemic corpses and their disposal. Why are burials so frequently at the center of disagreement, recrimination and protest during epidemics? Why are the human corpses produced in the course of infectious disease outbreaks seen as dangerous, not just to the living, but also to the continued existence of society and civilization? Examining cases from the Black Death to Ebola, contributors challenge the predominant idea that a single, universal framework of contagion can explain the political, social and cultural importance and impact of the epidemic corpse. 

About the authors

Christos Lynteris is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of St Andrews, UK, and Principal Investigator of the ERC-funded research project Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic. He is the author of The Spirit of Selflessness in Maoist China (Palgrave, 2012) and Ethnographic Plague (Palgrave, 2016). 

Nicholas H. A. Evans is a Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the London School of Economics, UK. His work focuses on understanding the comparative and historical nature of doubt and uncertainty, and he was a member (2014-17) of the Visual Representations of the Third Plague Pandemic project at the University of Cambridge.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Challenge of the Epidemic Corpse

    Lynteris, Christos (et al.)

    Pages 1-25

  • Failed Ritual? Medieval Papal Funerals and the Death of Clement VI (1352)

    Rollo-Koster, Joëlle

    Pages 27-53

  • Fear and the Corpse: Cholera and Plague Riots Compared

    Cohn, Samuel

    Pages 55-81

  • Bloeming-Typhoidtein: Epidemic Jingoism and the Typhoid Corpse in South Africa

    Steere-Williams, Jacob

    Pages 83-108

  • Suspicious Corpses: Body Dumping and Plague in Colonial Hong Kong

    Lynteris, Christos

    Pages 109-133

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eBook 69,99 €
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Hardcover 88,39 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-62928-5
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  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Histories of Post-Mortem Contagion
Book Subtitle
Infectious Corpses and Contested Burials
Editors
  • Christos Lynteris
  • Nicholas Evans
Series Title
Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62929-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62929-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62928-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 230
Number of Illustrations and Tables
8 b/w illustrations
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