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Description - Healing the Republic by Joan Burbick

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. In studying these narratives of health, Healing the Republic: The Language of Health and the Culture of Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century America 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 embrace social order in a corporeal politics whose influences are felt to this day.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521454346
ISBN-10: 0521454344
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Pages: 368
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Aug-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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