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Deseret featured Dyson Professor Dr. Martin Marafioti in "‘The Plague’ and ‘Contagion’ are popular again. Why are we drawn to fictional pandemics when we’re in the middle of a real one?"

04/22/2020

Deseret featured Dyson Professor Dr. Martin Marafioti in "‘The Plague’ and ‘Contagion’ are popular again. Why are we drawn to fictional pandemics when we’re in the middle of a real one?"

Not only is “The Decameron” a lasting work of literature (maybe not coincidentally, it is currently a number one bestseller in Italian literature on Amazon), it also influenced doctors at the time it was published to recommend reading and storytelling as methods of fighting off disease “as a way of diverting the mind and maintaining spirits high,” according to research from Dr. Martin Marafioti, a professor of literature and culture at Pace University.

Read the full Deseret article.