Faculty mentor: Vincent Pecora
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic I became interested in how epidemic illness has been represented in literature. As a basic framework I counter the argument by Susan Sontag that illness should not be used as a literary device. I examine three texts to build my argument, Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice, Katherine Porter’s Pale Horse, Pale Rider, and Albert Camus’s The Plague. Each text displays value of illness as a literary device and provides possibilities of how Covid-19 will be represented.
Watch my research presentation below.
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