New PDF release: Bodies of Reform: The Rhetoric of Character in Gilded Age

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 interestingly formable but both bold “stuff,” has had a protracted and checkered heritage giving form to the yank nationwide identity.

Bodies of Reform reconceives this pivotal classification of nineteenth-century literature and tradition via charting the advance of the concept that of “character” within the fictional genres, social reform hobbies, and political cultures of the USA from the mid-nineteenth to the early-twentieth century. via studying novelists reminiscent of Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Pauline Hopkins, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman along a various selection of texts thinking about the challenge of creating personality, together with child-rearing publications, muscle-building magazines, libel and naturalization legislation, Scout handbooks, and luck manuals, James B. Salazar uncovers how the cultural practices of representing personality operated in tandem with the character-building ideas of social reformers. His leading edge examining of this archive bargains an intensive revision of this defining classification 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 severe position in determining-and contesting-the social mobility, political authority, and cultural that means of the raced and gendered body.

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