Health and Sickness in the Early American Novel: Social Affection and Eighteenth-Century Medicine

Health and Sickness in the Early American Novel: Social Affection and Eighteenth-Century Medicine

by Maureen Tuthill

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ISBN-13: 9781349955671
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 06/14/2018
Series: Palgrave Studies in Literature, Science and Medicine
Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2016
Pages: 253
Product dimensions: 5.83(w) x 8.27(h) x (d)

About the Author

Maureen Tuthill is Associate Professor of English and A.P. Green Endowed Fellow in English at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, USA. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers, Literature of the Early American Republic, and Early American Literature.

Table of Contents


Preface.-Acknowledgments.-Introduction.-1.A “Very Unfeeling World”: The Failure of Social Healing in Rowson’s America.-2.“Your Health and My Happiness”: Sickness and Health in The Coquette and Female Quixotism.-3.“The Best Means of Retaining Health”: Self-determined Health and Social Discipline in Early America.-4.“The Means of Subsistence”: Health, Wealth, and Social Affection in a YellowFever World.-5.The “Learned Doctor”: Tyler’s Literary Endorsement of a Federalist Elite.-6.“Some Yankee Non-sense about Humanity”: Hiding Away African Health in Early American Fiction.-Epilogue.-Notes.-Bibliography.-Index.-

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“Tuthill offers a sorely-needed analysis of Federalist literature's depictions of medicine. She adroitly argues that scenes of care give us access to an important tension within early national identity. On the one hand, such scenes foreground a need to minister to others in times of illness in order to build bonds of social affectation and, on the other hand, they emphasize citizens' responsibility to protect their health as a form of self-interest. Health and Sickness in the Early American Novel provides valuable insights into why medicine matters for understanding what it meant to be an early American.” (Kelly Bezio, English Department, Texas A&M University, USA)

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