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- DescriptionThe American Civil War is one of the most documented, romanticized, and perennially reenacted events in American history. In Rehabilitating Bodies: Health, History, and the American Civil War, Lisa A. Long charts how its extreme carnage dictated the Civil War's development into a lasting trope that expresses t only altered social, ecomic, and national relationships but also an emergent self-consciousness. Looking to a wide range of literary, medical, and historical texts, she explores how they insist on the intimate relationship between the war and a variety of invisible wounds, illnesses, and infirmities that beset Americans throughout the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and plague us still today. Long shows how efforts to narrate credibly the many and sometimes illusory sensations elicited by the Civil War led writers to the modern discourses of health and history, which are premised on the existence of a corporeal and often critical reality that practitioners cant kw fully yet believe in nevertheless. Professional thinkers and doers both literally and figuratively sought to rehabilitate-to reclothe, rmalize, and stabilize-Civil War bodies and the stories that accounted for them. Taking a fresh look at the work of canical war writers such as Louisa May Alcott and Stephen Crane while examining anew public records, journalism, and medical writing, Long brings the study of the Civil War into conversation with recent critical work on bodily ontology and epistemology and theories of narrative and history.
- Author BiographyLisa A. Long teaches literature and gender and women's studies at North Central College.
- Author(s)Lisa A. Long
- PublisherUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Date of Publication26/11/2003
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Place of PublicationPennsylvania
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Pennsylvania Press
- Content Note6 illus.
- Weight654 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine22 mm
- Format DetailsWith printed dust jacket
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