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‘At the Mercy of the German Eagle’

Images of London in Dissolution in the Novels of William Le Queux

Antony Taylor

the degeneracy of urban society places him in the company of numerous social commentators and writers fixated on the supposed decadence of urban living, particularly in the capital. Le Queux's novels were an expression of a more generalised concern

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Birthed from the Clinic

The Degenerate Medical Students of Edward Berdoe's St. Bernard's

Lorenzo Servitje

This article reveals how Edward Berdoe's St. Bernard's: The Romance of a Medical Student (1887) critiques the evolution of medical science at the fin de siècle. Berdoe deploys the discourse of degeneracy to challenge the culture of medical education that produces monstrous medical students. St. Bernard's reflects not only the ambiguity towards scientific materialism and knowledge, which entails learning how to prolong life by encountering death, but also critiques the foundations of late Victorian medical education by articulating how the middle class was complicit in the horrors that the novel would expose, ultimately suggesting that middle-class health was built on the bodies of the poor. The text's ethical imperative to reform the medical establishment, however, derives its rhetorical power from provoking anxieties of corrupting middle-class health with working-class and pauper bodies. This reveals the novel's problematic use of degeneracy, as St. Bernard's reinscribes some of the very tenets about class that it aims to critique.

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Temperamental Differences

The Shifting Political Implications of Cousin Marriage in Nineteenth-Century America

Susan McKinnon

positive motivation for cousin (or ‘in-and-in’) marriage—as a source of disease and degeneracy deemed to be characteristic not only of European royalty and their American avatars, but also of those isolated and impoverished populations left behind in the

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Radical Reactionary

The Politics of William Le Queux

Harry Wood

's Efficiency and Empire (1901). 46 Although the Physical Deterioration Committee identified poverty as the primary factor, the fear of degeneracy remained a staple part of alarmist vocabulary during the Edwardian period. Much of Le Queux's fiction is

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Whitney Walton

and their influence over men and in French history. Underlying much of her journalistic and historical analyses were modern scientific notions of heredity and degeneracy that occasionally buttressed her arguments about feminisms and women's conditions

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Fredrik Nyman, Roberta Zavoretti, Linda Rabben, and David M. R. Orr

moral panic resulted at the prospect that the tourists that Cusco had long sought were now bringing degeneracy rather than the expected modernity, but ironically, when travel advisory warnings were issued against Peru in the 1980s, the previously

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Political Regeneration

José Bonifácio and Temporal Experiences in the Luso-American World in the Early Nineteenth Century

Maria Elisa Noronha De Sá and Marcelo Gantus Jasmin

as a constant threat to the order that the nation needed to thrive. He also proposes that social relations rooted in slavery lead to the moral degeneracy of all free men, who get used to easily acquiring wealth without really having to work for it

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Miley, What’s Good?

Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda, Instagram Reproductions, and Viral Memetic Violence

Aria S. Halliday

the people or is widely circulated extends ideas of power, oppression, and subordination. The struggle for meaning—for example, understanding a black hoodie as a marker of degeneracy and violence rather than as a piece of clothing—is the main site in

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When Jackie Coogan Had His Hair Cut

Masculinity, Maturity, and the Movies in the 1920s

Peter W. Lee

Mrs. Coogan—as a famous mother and as a role model for other women—was a carrier, as it were, of the social syndrome child experts diagnosed as infantilism. It was believed that this mother-induced degeneracy arrested the masculine development of boys

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Amy Binning

describes a cyclic regeneration that oscillates between phases of peak moral and spiritual manifestation and the depths of degeneracy wherein the Buddha's teachings are forgotten. The see-sawing of the world's manifestation is specifically elaborated in the