MUSE in Focus:
Contextualizing Pandemic

As the modern world faces an unprecedented crisis in the COVID-19 pandemic, it is difficult to put into context each day’s events and how they will reverberate for years to come. In order to bring some perspective and context, in the spring of 2020 Project MUSE collaborated with participating non-profit publishers who provided a sampling of scholarship and we were truly amazed at the depth and breadth of interdisciplinary content they've provided.
“MUSE in Focus: Contextualizing Pandemic” is just a sampling of this scholarship on the broad topic of pandemic and its effects throughout history, in culture, and on humanity as a whole. We hope that bringing these pieces together will help to bring historical and cultural context to the current crisis, so that we may look to the knowledge of the past to guide us forward.
We envision this cross section as a place for scholars and generally interested readers alike to begin learning more. We also encourage readers to explore Project MUSE for additional relevant content.
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Mass Vaccination: Citizens’ Bodies and State Power in Modern China
Brazelton, Mary Augusta.
Cornell University Press, 2019.
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Plague, Quarantines and Geopolitics in the Ottoman Empire
Bulmus, Birsen.
Edinburgh University Press, 2005.
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Politics in the Corridor of Dying: AIDS Activism and Global Health Governance
Chan, Jennifer.
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2015.
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Containing Contagion: The Politics of Disease Outbreaks in Southeast Asia
Davies, Sara E.
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019.
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Ebola’s Message: Public Health and Medicine in the Twenty-First Century
Evans, Nicholas G., Tara C. Smith, and Maimuna S. Majumder.
The MIT Press, 2016.
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Pathological Realities: Essays on Disease, Experiments, and History
Grmek, Mirko, Pierre-Olivier Méthot, and Hans-Jörg Rheinberger.
Fordham University Press, 2018.
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Politics of Vaccination: A Global History.
Holmberg, Christine, and J. Hillis Miller.
Manchester University Press, 2017.
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An Epidemic of Rumors: How Stories Shape Our Perception of Disease
Lee, Jon D..
University Press of Colorado, 2014.
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Epidemics and the Health of African Nations
Mazibuko, Zamanzima, ed.
Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection, 2019
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Empires of Panic: Epidemics and Colonial Anxieties
Peckham, Robert.
Hong Kong University Press, HKU, 2015
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Health, Hygiene and Eugenics in Southeastern Europe to 1945
Promitzer, Christian, Sevasti Trubeta, and Marius Turda.
Central European University Press, 2011
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“Emergency Preparedness: Ethical Faith-Health Leadership, Supporting Vulnerable Populations Sponsored by the Interdenominational Theological Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
Warren, Rueben C., ed.
Supplement, Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
No. 3 (2011): 1–74.
Johns Hopkins University Press
“Compromised Constitutions: The Iranian Experience with the 1918 Influenza Pandemic.”
Afkhami, Amir.
Bulletin of the History of Medicine 77, no. 2 (June 11, 2003): 367–92.
“Overwhelming the Medium: Fiction and the Trauma of Pandemic Influenza in 1918.”
Belling, Catherine.
Literature and Medicine 28, no. 1 (2009): 55–81.
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"Balancing Individual and Communal Needs: Plague and Public Health in Early Modern Seville."
Bowers, Kristy Wilson.
Bulletin of the History of Medicine 81, no. 2 (July 3, 2007): 335–58.
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“Influenza Epidemic of 1918–1920 among the Navajos: Marginality, Mortality, and the Implications of Some Neglected Eyewitness Accounts.”
Brady, Benjamin R., and Howard M. Bahr.
The American Indian Quarterly 38, no. 4 (December 21, 2014): 459–91.
“Global Perspective: Reframing the History of Health, Medicine, and Disease.”
Harrison, Mark.
Bulletin of the History of Medicine 89, no. 4 (December 28, 2015): 639–89.
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“Lost History: Writing the Influenza Epidemic in Pennsylvania, 1918–1922.”
Higgins, James E.
Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies 85, no. 3 (June 21, 2018): 394–405.
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“Epidemic’s Strawman: Wilmer Krusen, Philadelphia’s 1918–1919 Influenza Epidemic, and Historical Memory.”
Higgins, Jim.
The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 144, no. 1 (February 11, 2020): 61–88.
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“Origin and Control of Pandemic Influenza.”
Laver, William Graeme, Norbert Bischofberger, and Robert G. Webster.
Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 43, no. 2 (February 1, 2000): 173–92.
“Desolate Streets: The Spanish Influenza in San Antonio.”
Martinez-Catsam, Ana Luisa.
Southwestern Historical Quarterly 116, no. 3 (December 11, 2012): 287–303.
“Wood for the Coffins Ran Out: Modernism and the Shadowed Afterlife of the Influenza Pandemic.”
Outka, Elizabeth.
Modernism/Modernity 21, no. 4 (2014): 937–60.
“Epidemics and Quarantine in Mediterranean Africa from the Eighteenth to the Mid-Nineteenth Century.”
Speziale, Salvatore.
Journal of Mediterranean Studies 16, no. 1 (2006): 249–58.
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“Kill Rats and Stop Plague: Race, Space, and Public Health in Postconquest Kumasi.”
Talton, Benjamin.
Ghana Studies 22, no. 1 (November 15, 2019): 95–113.
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