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

ISBN-10:
0521454344
ISBN-13:
9780521454346
Pub. Date:
03/28/2015
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press

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Overview

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

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. In studying these narratives of the body, this pioneering and comprehensive 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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ISBN-13: 9780521454346
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/28/2015
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture Series , #82
Pages: 367
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part I. Textures of Authority: 1. The common senses of America; 2. Writing the constitution of the body; Part II. Fictions of the Body Politic: 3. Riddles of the brain; 4. The tell-tale heart; 5. Nervous reports; 6. The recording eye; Conclusions: somatic politics; Notes; Index.

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