The Politics of Anxiety in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

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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, including Nathaniel Hawthorne and Harriet Beecher Stowe, used the nerves as a metaphor to re-imagine the role ...

The Politics of Anxiety in Nineteenth-Century American Literature 2013, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9781107694149

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The Politics of Anxiety in Nineteenth-Century American Literature 2011, Cambridge University Press, New York

ISBN-13: 9781107007918

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