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A sense of time: experiencing plague and quarantine in early modern Italy


This article explores the changing regulation and conceptualisation of time during periods of quarantine for the plague in early modern Venice.  Enforced immobility during epidemics removed individuals from many of the time communities and activities which structured their days, weeks and years. This article responds to the historiographical call to explore time as and through specific seasons and suggests that epidemics should be viewed as one such unit.  Using examples drawn predominantly from the Republic of Venice, the article considers the ways in which perceptions of chronological and cyclical time, as well as day and night, were reshaped in the context of plague and quarantine.

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Crawshaw, Jane

Oxford Brookes departments

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Year of publication: 2021
Date of RADAR deposit: 2021-07-14

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