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Description - The Body Politic by Catherine A. Holland

In this text, Catherine Holland advances a thesis that challenges the dominant schools of thought concerning the liberal tradition in the United States. Organized around two founding moments - the American Revolution and ratification of the Constitution and the period of Reconstruction following the American Civil War - the book identifies a recurring, symbolic figure at the heart of American dilemmas of citizenship and nation, namely the human body. The author reinterprets the meaning of the body as crucial to understanding pivotal moments in the founding and refounding of American citizenship and also re-examines both literature and events. These range from the writings of Thomas Jefferson to the adultery trial of Henry Ward Beecher to demonstrate how embodiment and disembodiment have shaped the imagination of the nation and of citizenship throughout American political history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415928588
ISBN-10: 0415928583
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 228
Imprint: Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 27-Apr-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Catherine A. Holland

Catherine Holland is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and Women's Studies at the University of Missouri.

Books By Catherine A. Holland

Body Politic by Catherine A. Holland
Paperback, April 2001