A Centre of Wonders: The Body in Early America by Janet Moore LindmanA Centre of Wonders: The Body in Early America by Janet Moore Lindman

A Centre of Wonders: The Body in Early America

EditorJanet Moore Lindman, Michele Lise Tarter

Paperback | June 14, 2001

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Images of bodies and bodily practices abound in early America: from spirit possession, Fasting Days, and infanticide to running the gauntlet, going "naked as a sign," flogging, bundling, and scalping. All have implications for the study of gender, sexuality, masculinity, illness, the "body politic," spirituality, race, and slavery. The first book devoted solely to the history and theory of the body in early American cultural studies brings together authors representing diverse academic disciplines.

Drawing on a wide range of archival sources—including itinerant ministers' journals, Revolutionary tracts and broadsides, advice manuals, and household inventories—they approach the theoretical analysis of the body in exciting new ways. A Centre of Wonders covers such varied topics as dance and movement among Native Americans; invading witch bodies in architecture and household spaces; rituals of baptism, conversion, and church discipline; eighteenth-century women's journaling; and the body as a rhetorical device in the language of diplomacy.

Title:A Centre of Wonders: The Body in Early AmericaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.28 inPublished:June 14, 2001Publisher:CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801487390

ISBN - 13:9780801487392

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Editorial Reviews

"A Centre of Wonders displays the exciting work of critics and historians currently redefining early American studies. The organization is smart, representing an array of cultural studies approaches to embodiment and building bridges between literary, historical, geographical, and visual studies of early America. There is no comparable book on the subject."—Dana D. Nelson, University of Kentucky, author of National Manhood