Disease and Literature Plague Literature - Essay

Plague Literature

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)

George Kurman

SOURCE: "A Methodology of Thematics: The Literature of the Plague," in Comparative Literature Studies, Vol. 19, No. 1, March, 1982, pp. 39-53.

[In the following essay, Kurman perceives common elements in six works in which a plague is prominently featured in the narrative.]

Should an alert and omnivorous modern reader chance to reconsider comparatively the Old Babylonian Atrahasis Epic and the first book of Samuel (chapters 4-7); book seven of Ovid's Metamorphoses and Pearl Buck's The Good Earth; Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal and Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle, it would soon occur to her, among...

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