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Reading Breath in Literature

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Book Series: Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine ISBN: 9783319999487 Year: Pages: 134 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-99948-7 Language: English
Publisher: Springer
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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This open access book presents five different approaches to reading breath in literature, in response to texts from a range of historical, geographical and cultural environments. Breath, for all its ubiquity in literary texts, has received little attention as a transhistorical literary device. Drawing together scholars of Medieval Romance, Early Modern Drama, Fin de Siècle Aesthetics, American Poetics and the Postcolonial Novel, this book offers the first transhistorical study of breath in literature. At the same time, it shows how the study of breath in literature can contribute to recent developments in the Medical Humanities.

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