From Venice to New Orleans: masks, carnival and a plague called covid

Fine Brendtner, Denise Frazier

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This chapter treats the history of wearing medical masks in public, the use of these masks in a carnivalesque fashion and the ascend of perhaps the most sinister version of it, that of the plague doctor, to a symbol of environmental and racial justice during the US “Summer of Racial Reckoning”; a series of protests that co-incited with the governmental covid lockdown. It further elucidates similarities between Venice and New Orleans as cities prone to coastal water hazards such as industrial pollution and erosion.
Translated title of the contributionVenezia e l'Antropocene: Una guida ecocritica
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVenice and the Anthropocene : An Ecocritical Guide
Place of publicationVenice
PublisherWetlands Books
Publication dateNov 2022
ISBN (Print)9791280930088
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2022


  • Political Ecology
  • Coastal Waters
  • Health Environment
  • Carnival
  • Masks
  • Environmental Justice
  • Racial Justice


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