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Disability and Sickness: Themed Custom Text

Broadview anthologies include many readings suitable for courses focused on the representation of disability and sickness in literature. If you are teaching a course in this area, we invite you to pick and choose among the available readings to assemble a custom text that suits your course needs.

Please note: This list is meant to provide options for instructors assembling custom texts, and it is not intended to be used in its entirety. 

Selections from other Broadview books can also be added to your custom text. This includes material from other Broadview anthologies, as well as selections from any of our more than 400 stand-alone editions, from Confessions of an English Opium-Eater to Life in the Sickroom. You can add selections from these other books by navigating through the titles listed under the “Books” tab at top. If the selection or book you wish to add is not listed there (or if you’d rather work directly with a person to assemble your custom text), please contact our Custom Text Coordinator at custom@broadviewpress.com.

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    from Old English Metrical Charms, “For a Sudden Stitch,” “The Nine Herbs Charm” “Against a Dwarf”
    Anonymous
    1 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.10
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    From Contexts: The Crises of the Fourteenth Century: “The Black Death”
    Joseph Black et al.
    3 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.30
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    Thomas Hoccleve, from The Series, “My Complaint”
    Thomas Hoccleve
    9 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.90
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    Anonymous, “I Am a Woman Poor and Blind”
    Anonymous
    3 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.30
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    William Shakespeare, King Lear
    William Shakespeare
    81 pages @ $0.10/page
    $8.10
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    Thomas Dekker’s Plague Pamphlets
    Thomas Dekker
    5 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.50
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    John Donne, “Hymn to God, My God in My Sickness,”
    John Donne
    1 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.10
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    Robert Burton, from The Anatomy of Melancholy
    Robert Burton
    30 pages @ $0.10/page
    $3.00
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    Elizabeth Cary, The Tragedy of Mariam
    Elizabeth Cary
    15 pages @ $0.10/page
    $1.50
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    Thomas Randolph, “Upon the Loss of His Little Finger”
    Thomas Randolph
    1 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.10
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    John Milton, “When I consider how my light is spent”
    John Milton
    2 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.20
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    Daniel Defoe, from A Journal of the Plague Year
    Daniel Defoe
    10 pages @ $0.10/page
    $1.00
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    Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, “Saturday; The Small Pox”
    Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
    3 pages @ $0.10/page
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    Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, “A Plain Account of the Inoculating of the Smallpox by a Turkey Merchant”
    Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
    2 pages @ $0.10/page
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    Joanna Baillie, A Child to His Sick Grandfather
    Joanna Baillie
    1 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.10
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    William Wordsworth, “The Idiot Boy”
    William Wordsworth
    7 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.70
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    Dorothy Wordsworth, Thoughts on My Sick-Bed
    Dorothy Wordsworth
    2 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.20
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    Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Dejection: An Ode,”
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    3 pages @ $0.10/page
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    Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Limbo” & “Work without Hope”
    Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    1 pages @ $0.10/page
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    Robert Southey, “The Idiot”
    Robert Southey
    2 pages @ $0.10/page
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    Thomas de Quincey, from Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
    Thomas De Quincey
    16 pages @ $0.10/page
    $1.60
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    Thomas de Quincey, from Suspira de Profundis
    Thomas De Quincey
    6 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.60
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    Contexts: Disability
    Joseph Black et al.
    25 pages @ $0.10/page
    $2.50
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    John Clare, Journey Out of Essex, “Sonnet [I am]”, “I Am”, “An Invite to Eternity”
    John Clare
    7 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.70
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    Mary Shelley, Transformation
    Mary Shelley
    10 pages @ $0.10/page
    $1.00
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    From Contexts: The Place of Women in Society: Prostitution and the Contagious Diseases Act
    Joseph Black et al.
    2 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.20
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    Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Mariana”
    Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    2 pages @ $0.10/page
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    Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Maud
    Alfred, Lord Tennyson
    41 pages @ $0.10/page
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    Robert Browning, “Porphyria’s Lover”
    Robert Browning
    2 pages @ $0.10/page
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    Robert Browning, “My Last Duchess”
    Robert Browning
    2 pages @ $0.10/page
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    Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”
    Robert Browning
    4 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.40
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    Christina Rossetti, “Cobwebs”
    Christina Rossetti
    1 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.10
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    Algernon Charles Swinburne, “The Leper”
    Algernon Charles Swinburne
    3 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.30
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    Rudyard Kipling, “The Mark of the Beast”
    Rudyard Kipling
    8 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.80
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    Ernest Dowson, “To One in Bedlam”
    Ernest Dowson
    1 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.10
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    Charlotte Mew, “The Farmer’s Bride”
    Charlotte Mew
    1 pages @ $0.10/page
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    E. M. Forster, “The Road from Colonus”
    E. M. Forster
    7 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.70
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    T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” The Waste Land
    T.S. Eliot
    4 pages @ $0.10/page
    $0.40