Rehabilitating Bodies: Health, History, And The American Civil War by Lisa A. LongRehabilitating Bodies: Health, History, And The American Civil War by Lisa A. Long

Rehabilitating Bodies: Health, History, And The American Civil War

byLisa A. Long

Hardcover | November 26, 2003

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The 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 not only altered social, economic, 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 cannot know fully yet believe in nevertheless. Professional thinkers and doers both literally and figuratively sought to rehabilitate—to reclothe, normalize, and stabilize—Civil War bodies and the stories that accounted for them.

Taking a fresh look at the work of canonical 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.

Lisa A. Long teaches literature and gender and women's studies at North Central College.
Title:Rehabilitating Bodies: Health, History, And The American Civil WarFormat:HardcoverDimensions:344 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.17 inPublished:November 26, 2003Publisher:University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:081223748X

ISBN - 13:9780812237481


Table of Contents

Introduction. Year That Trembled and Reel'd beneath Me

Chapter 1. Doctors' Bodies: Dr. S. Weir Mitchell and Patient Malingering

Chapter 2. Dead Bodies: Mourning Fictions and the Corporeity of Heaven

Chapter 3. Sanitized Bodies: The United States Sanitary Commission and Soul-Sickness

Chapter 4. Experimental Bodies: African American Writers and the Rehabilitation of War Work

Chapter 5. Soldiers' Bodies: Historical Fictions and the Sickness of Battle

Chapter 6. Nursing Bodies: Civil War Women and Postbellum Regeneration

Chapter 7. Historical Bodies: African American Scholars and the Discipline of History

Epilogue. Conjuring Civil War Bodies


Editorial Reviews

This cleverly-written volume offers a fresh and sophisticated analysis of Civil War writing and of American medical and historical discourse."—American Literary Realism