Cholera and Nation: Doctoring the Social Body in Victorian England, PK Gilbert

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Doctoring the Social Body in Victorian England
CHOLERA AND NATION Doctoring the Social Body in Victorian England PAMELA K. GILBERT
How cholera epidemics affected Victorian perceptions of the body and the nation.
Pamela K. Gilbert
Drawing from sermons, novels, newspaper editorials,
poetry, medical texts, and the
writings of social activists, Cholera and Nation explores how
the coming of the cholera epidemics during a period of intense
political reform in Britain set the terms by which the social body
would be defined. In part by historical accident, epidemic disease
and especially cholera became foundational to the understanding
of the social body. As the healthy body was closely tied to a
particular vision of nation and modernity, the unhealthy body
was proportionately racialized and othered. In turn, epidemic
disease could not be separated from issues of social responsibility,
political management, and economic unrest, which perpetually
threatened the nation and its identity. For the rest of the century,
the emergent field of public health would be central to the British
national imaginary, defining the nation's civilization and modernity
by its sanitary progress.
"This is a very skillful example of historically sound literary criticism; it combines attention to narrative with relevant historical contextualization, and offers a detailed account of the literary history of a subject not commonly treated through literature. This is innovative and complements more conventional historical work on the subject of public health and medicine in the Victorian period." -- Antoinette Burton, editor of Archive Stories: Facts, Fictions, and the Writing of History
PAMELA K. GILBERT is Professor of English at the University of Florida. Her books include Mapping the Victorian Social Body; Imagined Londons; and Beyond Sensation: Mary Elizabeth Braddon in Context (coedited with Marlene Tromp and Aeron Haynie), all published by SUNY Press.
A volume in the SUNY series, Studies in the Long nineteenth century Pamela K. Gilbert, editor JANUARY · 288 pp. $75.00 hc 978-0-7914-7343-6
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American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization THE SPECTER OF VIETNAM
Connects the American exceptionalist ethos to the violence in Vietnam and the Middle East.
In American Exceptionalism in the Age of Globalization, William V. Spanos explores three writers--Graham Greene, Philip Caputo, and Tim O'Brien--whose work devastatingly critiques the U.S. intervention in Vietnam and exposes the brutality of the Vietnam War. Utilizing poststructuralist theory, particularly that of Heidegger, Althusser, Foucault, and Said, Spanos argues that the Vietnam War disclosed the dark underside of the American exceptionalist ethos and, in so doing, speaks directly to America's war on terror in the aftermath of 9/11. To support this argument, Spanos undertakes close readings of Greene's The Quiet American, Caputo's A Rumor of War, and O'Brien's Going After Cacciato, all of which bear witness to the self-destruction of American exceptionalism. Spanos retrieves the spectral witness that has been suppressed since the war, but that now, in the wake of the quagmire in Iraq, has returned to haunt America's post-9/11 "project for the new American Century."
"In this fascinating and important book, distinguished scholar William V. Spanos uses his Heideggerian perspective to explain why we Americans have suppressed memory of the catastrophe of Vietnam and why we are now in the midst of repeating that error in a new form in Iraq. Spanos explains how American exceptionalism led us as a nation to believe that we had an `errand in the wilderness' and a manifest destiny to take over the continent, and, more recently, to believe that it is our calling to `bring Western-style democracy to the world.'" -- J. Hillis Miller, author of Literature as Conduct: Speech Acts in Henry James
"This book will become an important voice in the ongoing debate about American identity and the United States' place in the world of the twenty-first century." -- Rodney Mader, West Chester University of Pennsylvania
WILLIAM V. SPANOS is Distinguished Professor of English at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He is the author of many books, including America's Shadow: An Anatomy of Empire and Heidegger and Criticism: Retrieving the Cultural Politics of Destruction.
JANUARY · 330 pp. $29.95 pb 978-0-7914-7290-3 $89.50 hc 978-0-7914-7289-7
Psychoanalysis and Narrative Medicine
Contributors explore the significance of literature and psychoanalysis for medical education and practice.
Edited by Peter L. Rudnytsky and Rita Charon
In this pioneering volume, Peter L. Rudnytsky and
Rita Charon bring together
distinguished contributors from medicine, psychoanalysis,
and literature to explore the multiple intersections between their
respective fields and the emerging discipline of narrative medicine,
which seeks to introduce the values and methods of literary
study into clinical education and practice. Organized into four
sections--contextualizing narrative medicine, psychoanalytic
interventions, the patient's voice, and acts of reading--the essays
take the reader into the emergency room, the consulting room,
and the classroom. They range from the panoramas of intellectual
history to the close-ups of literary and clinical analysis, and they
speak with the voice of the patient as well as the physician or
professor, reminding us that these
are often the same.
Jeffrey Berman SUNY Albany Vera J. Camden Kent State U. Rita Charon Columbia U. Ed Cohen Rutgers U., New Brunswick Sander L. Gilman Emory U. Fred L. Griffin U. of AL Geoffrey Hartman Yale U. Schuyler W. Henderson Columbia U. Richard Lewis Holt Medical U. of SC Terrence Holt UNC, Chapel Hill Jean S. Mason Ryerson U.,Toronto, Canada Kimberly R. Myers MT State U. Peter L. Rudnytsky U. of FL Janet Sayers U. of Kent, Canterbury, UK Neil Scheurich U. of KY Lisa J. Schnell U. of VT Bennett Simon Boston Society and Inst. and Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Hospital
"This brilliant volume takes the reader on a fascinating journey..." -- Arnold M. Cooper, MD, Professor Emeritus in ConsultationLiaison Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College PETER L. RUDNYTSKY is Professor of English at the University of Florida and editor of the journal American Imago. RITA CHARON is Professor of clinical medicine and Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University and coeditor of the journal Literature and Medicine. A volume in the SUNY series in Psychoanalysis and Culture Henry Sussman, editor FEBRUARY · 320 pp. $29.95 pb 978-0-7914-7352-8 $89.50 hc 978-0-7914-7351-1
LITERATURE MANLY LEADERS IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE DANIELA GAROFALO Examines fantasies of charismatic, virile leaders in British literature from the 1790s to the 1840s. During the 1790s and 1840s, the fear that Britain had become too effeminate to protect itself against the anarchic forces unleashed by the French Revolution produced in many British writers of the period a desire to portray strong leaders who could control the democratic and commercial forces of modernization. While it is commonplace in Romantic studies to emphasize that Romantic writers are interested in the solitary genius or hero who separates himself from the community to pursue his own creative visions, Daniela Garofalo argues instead that Romantic and early Victorian writers are interested in charismatic males--military heroes, tyrants, kings, and captains of industry--who organize modern political and economic communities, sometimes by example, and sometimes by direct engagement. Reading works by William Godwin, William Wordsworth, Jane Austen, Lord Byron, William Hazlitt, Thomas Carlyle, and Charlotte Brontл, Garofalo shows how these leaders, endowed with an inherent virility rather than simply inherited rank, legitimize hierarchy anew for an age suffering from a crisis of authority. "Garofalo reveals a persistent anxiety in nineteenth-century British writing--a fear that the conditions of modern life would undermine both national and individual will. She shows how a series of writers responded to that threat by constructing a `manly leader' appropriate to an age of capitalism and political liberalism." -- Ted Underwood, author of The Work of the Sun: Literature, Science, and Political Economy, 1760­1860 "The body chapters--especially those on Byron and Hazlitt-- work through unfamiliar material with lucidity and verve, connecting ideas and texts not often put in juxtaposition with one another." -- John Plotz, author of The Crowd: British Literature and Public Politics DANIELA GAROFALO is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Oklahoma. A volume in the SUNY series, Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century Pamela K. Gilbert, editor MARCH · 224 pp. 1 figure $65.00 hc 978-0-7914-7357-3 43 WWW.SUNYPRESS.EDU
Virginia Woolf and the Nineteenth-Century Domestic Novel
Traces Woolf's persistent yet vexed fascination with nineteenth-century descriptions of English domesticity and female creativity.
In Virginia Woolf and the Nineteenth-Century
Domestic Novel, Emily Blair explores
how nineteenth-century descriptions of
femininity saturate both Woolf's fiction and her modernist manifestos.
Moving between the Victorian and modernist periods, Blair looks at
a range of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century sources, including
the literature of conduct and household management, as well as
autobiography, essay, poetry, and fiction. She argues for a reevaluation
of Woolf's persistent yet vexed fascination with English domesticity
and female creativity by juxtaposing the novels of Elizabeth Gaskell
and Margaret Oliphant, two popular Victorian novelists, against Woolf's
own novels and essays. Blair then traces unacknowledged lines of
influence and complex interpretations that Woolf attempted to disavow.
While reconsidering Woolf's analysis of women and fiction, Blair simul-
taneously deepens our appreciation of Woolf's work and advances our
understanding of feminine aesthetics.
"The intellectual importance of this book is apparent in the conjunction of textual and biographical readings provided by the author. She makes connections that help us to better understand both Woolf's modernism and the literary/cultural influence of the Victorian period." -- Carol Hanbery MacKay, author of Creative Negativity: Four Victorian Exemplars of the Female Quest
"Considering these domestic novels in relation to Virginia Woolf enlarges our understanding of the authors and helps us to conceive a tradition. After reading this book, I will read Woolf's novels differently, in the context of many Victorian novels, and that is quite an accomplishment for Blair." -- Adrienne Munich, author of Queen Victoria's Secrets JANUARY · 287 pp. $24.95 pb 978-0-7914-7120-3
Kurt Vonnegut's Crusade Or, How a Postmodern Harlequin Preached a New Kind of Humanism Todd F. Davis
Explores the moral and philosophical underpinnings of Vonnegut's work. Kurt Vonnegut's desire to save the planet from environmental and military destruc-
tion, to enact change by telling stories that
both critique and embrace humanity, sets
him apart from many of the postmodern authors who rose to prominence
during the 1960s and 1970s. This new look at Vonnegut's oeuvre examines
his insistence that writing is an "act of good citizenship or an attempt, at
any rate, to be a good citizen." By exploring the moral and philosophical
underpinnings of Vonnegut's work, Todd F. Davis demonstrates that, over
the course of his long career, Vonnegut has created a new kind of human-
ism that not only bridges the modern and postmodern, but also offers
hope for the power and possibilities of story. Davis highlights the ways
Vonnegut deconstructs and demystifies the "grand narratives" of American
culture while offering provisional narratives--petites histoires--that may
serve as tools for daily living.
"In this thoughtful treatment of the works of Kurt Vonnegut, Davis posits the view that this prolific and significant novelist is something of an anomaly: a postmodern humanist. Davis begins with a lengthy and sophisticated discussion of how postmodernism ... seems to preclude humanism as a viable vision ... and shows that the novelist remains committed to trying to show human beings how to be more decent." -- CHOICE
"Postmodern theory may not strike every reader as the best frame for understanding Vonnegut's work, but Davis's effort requires that readers revisit and reconsider--worthwhile endeavors in this case." -- ForeWord
"Davis's book is an engaging examination of the issue at the heart of all Vonnegut's fiction--Vonnegut's humanism. With acumen and grace, Davis exposes Vonnegut's ongoing relevance to the twentieth and twentyfirst centuries and illustrates how Vonnegut manages to retain his status as one of the most important figureheads in postmodern literature while remaining socially conscious and humane. Kurt Vonnegut's Crusade should be mandatory reading for all students, fans, and scholars of Vonnegut's canon." -- Kevin Alexander Boon, editor of At Millennium's End: New Essays on the Work of Kurt Vonnegut
"Kurt Vonnegut has been studied (and argued about) for nearly forty years, but no one had thought to examine his readership until now. Todd Davis's book not only resolves ethical problems, but also clarifies Vonnegut's unique appeal--which, thank goodness, is to what's best in all of us." -- Jerome Klinkowitz, author of The Vonnegut Effect JANUARY · 166 pp. $18.95 pb 978-0-7914-6676-6
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