The book offers a critical analysis of historical and contemporary imaginations and politics of fear, in the face of disease and the spectre of contamination in society and culture.
Scholars, artists, novelists, and journalists depart from Hong Kong’s own history of epidemics —the most significant being the SARS outbreak of 2003, shortly followed by the tragic death of pan-Asian pop icon Leslie Cheung. A Journal of the Plague Year explores the galvanizing power and varied perceptions of contagion in the context of lingering histories, mythologies, memories and anxieties across geographies.
Format: Hardcover, 196 pages
Publication Date: 2013