Abstract

ABSTRACT:

This analysis explores Robert Louis Stevenson’s use of the dual languages of infection and ingestion in Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The languages are contextualized within the nineteenth-century’s preoccupation with controlling psychological and physiological health, invasive contagion, and the dangers of urban food production. By examining Victorian sources on invisible chemical impurities in adulterated food, as well as physicians’ conceptions of the conscious monstrosity of contagion through medical theories and practices of the time, this discussion suggests that Stevenson knits two different kinds of ingestion terror into intertwined operations of moral and medical revulsion in Strange Case.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2475-6741
Print ISSN
2166-0107
Pages
pp. 42-58
Launched on MUSE
2019-06-27
Open Access
No
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