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North Central College Webinar Series: From the Plague to COVID-19--Responding to Pandemic in Stories

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In Boccaccio’s The Decameron, a group of fourteenth-century nobles flee Florence, hoping to escape the Black Death. They spend their nights telling stories that both amuse and process the anxieties they feel. Today, we turn to Netflix for diversion and information; after all, two of the biggest hits in recent months have been Tiger King and the docuseries Pandemic. Writers, from Daniel Defoe in the seventeenth century to Colson Whitehead in the twenty-first, have long treated contagions--both real and imagined--in stories. In this talk, Dr. Smith will examine what this literary history reveals about who we are and what we value to show that narratives of disease express very real anxieties about the meaning of humanity, mortality, and normality.

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