Hi, all. As we prepare to begin discussing Defoe’s Journal of the Plague Year, here are a few links to help get us thinking:
An earlier convener’s post, taking up the question of public discourse on the plague. In what ways is communication like the disease? What mileage does Defoe get out of the link between the two?
An image of the Bills of Mortality this novel refers to.
A link to a piece considering Defoe’s book as a precursor to zombie novels and films.
Finally, here’s an award-winning short film based on Defoe’s book that raises its own questions about how to behave during an epidemic.