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Healing the Republic: The Language of Health and the Culture of Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century America
     

Healing the Republic: The Language of Health and the Culture of Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century America

by Joan Burbick
 
The creation of an American national culture in the nineteenth century coincided with a common belief that the emerging nation was diseased and in need of healing. Reading nineteenth- century narratives of health by a wide variety of authors, Burbick exposes the fears and conflicts underlying the creation of an American national culture. No previous study examines

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The creation of an American national culture in the nineteenth century coincided with a common belief that the emerging nation was diseased and in need of healing. Reading nineteenth- century narratives of health by a wide variety of authors, Burbick exposes the fears and conflicts underlying the creation of an American national culture. No previous study examines the full range of cultural writings on health. In studying these narratives of the body, this work concludes that a fundamental uneasiness about democracy may result in a collective, willful effort to control the body trope as a means of composing social order.

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"...Burbick has taken on a huge project and has opened up the interrelated histories of medicine, politics, and literature in important new ways." Tom Lutz, American Literature

"...readings of an amazingly diverse array of nineteenth-century prose and poetry, ranging from the well known (Walden, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Moby-Dick) to the little known (Domestic Medicine, by the physician John C. Gunn). These readings are imaginative and frequently arresting." Cynthia Russett, Isis

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ISBN-13:
9780521106733
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/02/2009
Series:
Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series , #82
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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