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

Healing the Republic

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

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Published: 26th August 1994
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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. 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.

"...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

Introduction
Textures of Authority
The common senses of America
Writing the constitution of the body
Fictions of the Body Politic
Riddles of the brain
The tell-tale heart
Nervous reports
The recording eye
Conclusion: Somatic politics
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ISBN: 9780521454346
ISBN-10: 0521454344
Series: Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 26th August 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.71