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dc.contributor.authorDäwes, Birgit
dc.date.accessioned2022-09-12T11:27:05Z
dc.date.available2021-07-30T07:29:26Z
dc.date.available2022-09-12T11:27:05Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.issn2366-4142
dc.identifier.urihttp://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:hebis:26-opus-161683
dc.identifier.urihttps://jlupub.ub.uni-giessen.de//handle/jlupub/7702
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.22029/jlupub-7136
dc.description.abstractIn the current Covid-19 crisis, masks have become a ubiquitous sight in social situa-tions. As visual signifiers of both protection and containment, they emblematize the very risk which they serve to prevent. Departing from the multiple functions of the mask in Edgar Allan Poe s The Masque of the Red Death a story published dec-ades before the emergence of modern virology this paper reads recent fictionaliza-tions of pandemics as diagnostic tools of larger social, political, and cultural shifts. Taking Poe s story as a programmatic blueprint, my interest is particularly in the cor-relation between (narrative) representation and political power in contexts of illness. Given that minorities are often disproportionally affected by, and blamed for, epidem-ics, my analysis targets not only the discursive and semantic strategies of outbreak narratives (Priscilla Wald), but the complicity of these strategies in notions of cultural difference. Through the trope of the mask, I argue, the nexus of the visible and invis-ible that Foucault sees at the heart of modern medicine can be reconceptualized along narratological lines. In addition to more detailed analyses of Ling Ma s Severance (2018) and Lawrence Wright s The End of October (2020), my reading of pandemic fiction also relies on novels by Michael Crichton, Philip Roth, Louise Erdrich, and Emma Donoghue, among others.en
dc.language.isoende_DE
dc.rightsNamensnennung 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/*
dc.subjectAmerican literaturede_DE
dc.subjectEdgar Allan Poede_DE
dc.subjectLawrence Wrightde_DE
dc.subjectLing Made_DE
dc.subject.ddcddc:800de_DE
dc.titleUntenanted by any tangible form': illness, minorities, and narrative masquerades in contemporary pandemic fictionen
dc.typearticlede_DE
dcterms.isPartOf2856008-5de_DE
local.affiliationGCSC International Graduate Centre for the Study of Culturede_DE
local.source.journaltitleOn_culture: the open journal for the study of culture
local.source.volume11
local.opus.id16168
local.opus.instituteInternational Graduate Centre for the Study of Culturede_DE
local.opus.fachgebietGießener Graduiertenzentrum Kulturwissenschaftende_DE


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