Pandemics from Homer to Stephen King: what we can learn from literary history

By Chelsea Haith
March 20 2020 - 1:00pm

From Homer's Iliad and Boccaccio's Decameron to Stephen King's The Stand and Ling Ma's Severance, stories about pandemics have - over the history of Western literature such as it is - offered much in the way of catharsis, ways of processing strong emotion, and political commentary on how human beings respond to public health crises.

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