Inventing the Psychological
Toward a Cultural History of Emotional Life in America
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Inventing the Psychological by Joel Pfister
Book DescriptionWhen and why did it become chic for members of the white middle and upper classes to perceive and value themselves as neurotic, primitive, and emotionally fragile? Is the popular tendency to define the self in psychological language derived from revealed (Freudian) "truths," or does American culture for various purposes invent and promote "emotional" and "psychological" identities? In this fascinating book, distinguished interdisciplinary scholars show that the ways Americans imagine "innerness" and emotions have been shaped by mass media, economics, domesticity, and the arts. The authors investigate how changes in ideologies of the family, class, race, gender, and sexuality over the past two centuries relate to shifts in Americans' visions of self and psyche; they study "the psychological" as a changing cultural category and "emotions" as historically shifting self-definitions. Their compelling topics include how the Romantic idea of "moods" was appropriated by nineteenth-century female authors of sentimental fiction; how black jazz musicians have responded to white interpretations of African-American jazz as emotionally and aesthetically "deep"; and whether women's confessions of victimization on the Oprah Winfrey Show are akin to 1970s feminist consciousness-raising groups. Provocative and timely, the book challenges the premises of psychohistory and the dominant ways in which Americans have been taught to conceptualize the making of psychological and emotional life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300070064
(235mm x 155mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 3-Mar-1997
Country of Publication: United States
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Author Biography - Joel Pfister
Joel Pfister is associate professor of American Studies and English at Wesleyan University and the author of The Production of Personal Life: Class, Gender, and the Psychological in Hawthorne's Fiction and Staging Depth: Eugene O'Neill and the Politics of Psychological Discourse. Nancy Schnog has taught American literature and civilization at Middlebury College and is currently a visiting lecturer in the department of English at Tel Aviv University. She has published studies of nineteenth-century literary culture and is now completing a book entitled Inside the Sentimental: The Psychological Work of Nineteenth-Century American Women's Writing. She is also a book critic for The Jerusalem Post.
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