By James B. Salazar
From the patricians of the early republic to post-Reconstruction racial scientists, from fin de siècle progressivist social reformers to post-war sociologists, personality, that apparently formable but both ambitious “stuff,” has had an extended and checkered background giving form to the yank nationwide identity.
Bodies of Reform reconceives this pivotal type of nineteenth-century literature and tradition through charting the improvement of the concept that of “character” within the fictional genres, social reform events, and political cultures of the USA from the mid-nineteenth to the early-twentieth century. via interpreting novelists comparable to Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Pauline Hopkins, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman along a various number of texts fascinated with the undertaking of establishing personality, together with child-rearing publications, muscle-building magazines, libel and naturalization legislations, Scout handbooks, and luck manuals, James B. Salazar uncovers how the cultural practices of representing personality operated in tandem with the character-building concepts of social reformers. His cutting edge interpreting of this archive deals an intensive revision of this defining class in U.S. literature and tradition, arguing that personality used to be the keystone of a cultural politics of embodiment, a politics that performed a serious function in determining-and contesting-the social mobility, political authority, and cultural that means of the raced and gendered body.
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Bodies of Reform: The Rhetoric of Character in Gilded Age America (America and the Long 19th Century) by James B. Salazar