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The perfecting of nature : reforming bodies in antebellum literature

The perfecting of nature : reforming bodies in antebellum literature

Author: Josh Doty
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2020.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
"The nineteenth century saw a marked change in how Americans viewed and understood the human corporal form. Cookbook writers drew from physiologists' studies of the nervous pathways between the stomach and the brain to promote their recipes as good for mental health. These new ways of understanding the body reflect how Americans were beginning to see the body's constituent parts as interconnected. From the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
(DLC) 2020010713
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Josh Doty
ISBN: 9781469659633 1469659638
OCLC Number: 1199125672
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Transcendental self-culture and the horizons of bioplasticity --
Governance, race, and alimentary selfhood in Melville --
Sculpting hte body electric: exercise and self-fashioning in Walt Whitman --
Tricks of the blood: heredity and repair in Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. --
Coda: literature and neurological selfhood.
Responsibility: Josh Doty.


Explores antebellum American conceptions of bioplasticity - the body's ability to react and change from interior and exterior forces - and argues that literature helped to shape the cultural  Read more...


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