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The Resource 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, Joan Burbick

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Healing the republic : the language of health and the culture of nationalism in nineteenth-century America
Title
Healing the republic
Title remainder
the language of health and the culture of nationalism in nineteenth-century America
Statement of responsibility
Joan Burbick
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Language
eng
Summary
  • In this study Joan Burbick interprets nineteenth-century narratives of health written by physicians, social reformers, lay healers, and literary artists in order to expose the conflicts underlying the creation of a national culture in America. These "fictions" of health include annual reports of mental asylums, home physician manuals, social reform books, and novels consumed by the middle class that functioned as cautionary tales of well-being
  • Read together these writings engage in a counterpoint of voices at once constructing and debating the hegemonic values of the emerging American nation
  • That political values flow from the daily exigencies of survival and enjoyment is one of the claims advanced by theorists of cultural hegemony. Broadening this assumption, the narratives of health presented here address the demands and desires of everyday life and construct a national discourse with directives on control, authority, and subordination
  • They articulate the wish for a healthy citizenry, freed of pain and saturated with well-being, and they insist upon specific ideologies and knowledges of the body in order to achieve this radiance of health
  • Divided into two parts, the work first examines the structures of authority found in health narratives and then studies the topology of the body found in a cross section of writings. The first part examines how the authority of "common sense" is pitted against that of physiological law and its transcendent "constitution" for the body
  • The second analyzes how specific knowledges about the brain, heart, nerves, and eye provide individual "keys" to health, indices that reveal the conflicts inherent in American nationalism
  • In studying these narratives of health, Healing the Republic confronts what Burbick sees as a certain fundamental uneasiness about democracy in America. Fearing the political freedom they hoped to embrace. Americans designed ways to control the body in the effort to create, impose, or encompass social order in a corporeal politics whose influences are felt to this day
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Burbick, Joan
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Cambridge studies in American literature and culture
Series volume
[82]
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • American prose literature
  • Literature and society
  • Literature and medicine
  • Health attitudes
  • American fiction
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Nationalism
  • Medical literature
  • Medical fiction, American
  • Human body in literature
  • Medicine in literature
  • Health in literature
  • Medical literature
  • History, 19th Century
  • Medicine in Literature
  • Attitude to Health
  • Human Body
  • United States
  • United States
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Healing the republic : the language of health and the culture of nationalism in nineteenth-century America, Joan Burbick
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-350) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. The Common Senses of America. 1. Healing the "People" 2. Doubting the Senses. 3. The Body Politics of Walden -- pt. 2. Writing the Constitution of the Body. 4. Counterfeit Sensations. 5. Enforcing the Laws of Physiology. 6. Biodemocracy in Leaves of Grass -- pt. 1. Riddles of the Brain. 7. Managing Mental Labor. 8. The National Narrative of Monomania -- pt. 2. The Tell-Tale Heart. 9. The Counter-Narrative of Domestic Sorrow. 10. Complaints of the Heart -- pt. 3. Nervous Reports. 11. Revenge of the Nerves. 12. Allegories of Nervous Fever -- pt. 4. The Recording Eye. 13. Sighting the Divine. 14. Technologies of the Eye -- Conclusion: Somatic Politics
Control code
28890893
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 355 pages
Isbn
9780521454346
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1615426
Label
Healing the republic : the language of health and the culture of nationalism in nineteenth-century America, Joan Burbick
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 307-350) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
pt. 1. The Common Senses of America. 1. Healing the "People" 2. Doubting the Senses. 3. The Body Politics of Walden -- pt. 2. Writing the Constitution of the Body. 4. Counterfeit Sensations. 5. Enforcing the Laws of Physiology. 6. Biodemocracy in Leaves of Grass -- pt. 1. Riddles of the Brain. 7. Managing Mental Labor. 8. The National Narrative of Monomania -- pt. 2. The Tell-Tale Heart. 9. The Counter-Narrative of Domestic Sorrow. 10. Complaints of the Heart -- pt. 3. Nervous Reports. 11. Revenge of the Nerves. 12. Allegories of Nervous Fever -- pt. 4. The Recording Eye. 13. Sighting the Divine. 14. Technologies of the Eye -- Conclusion: Somatic Politics
Control code
28890893
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
x, 355 pages
Isbn
9780521454346
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(WaOLN)1615426

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