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The politics of anxiety in nineteenth-century American literature

Author: Justine S Murison
Publisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2011.
Series: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture, 162.
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"For much of the nineteenth century, the nervous system was a medical mystery, inspiring scientific studies and exciting great public interest. Because of this widespread fascination, the nerves came to explain the means by which mind and body related to each other. By the 1830s, the nervous system helped Americans express the consequences on the body, and for society, of major historical changes. Literary writers,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Justine S Murison
ISBN: 9781107007918 1107007917
OCLC Number: 698331470
Description: ix, 215 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. A bond-slave to the mind: sympathy and hypochondria in Robert Montgomery Bird's Sheppard Lee --
2. Frogs, dogs, and mobs: reflex and democracy in Edgar Allan Poe's satires --
3. Invasions of privacy: clairvoyance and utopian failure in antebellum romance --
4. 'All that is enthusiastic': revival and reform in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Dred --
5. Cui bono?: spiritualism and empiricism from the Civil War to American nervousness --
Epilogue: the confidences of anxiety.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in American literature and culture, 162.
Responsibility: Justine S. Murison.
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Murison explains the impact of neurological medicine on nineteenth-century literature and culture, particularly Hawthorne and Beecher Stowe.  Read more...

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