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Sentimental bodies [electronic resource] : sex, gender, and citizenship in the early republic / Bruce Burgett.
INITIAL_TITLE_SRCH:
Sentimental bodies [electronic resource] : sex, gender, and citizenship in the early republic / Bruce Burgett.
Publication Date:
1998
ISBN:
9781400811144

9780691015590
Bibliography Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 161-204) and index.
Contents:
United States liberalism and the public sphere -- The patriot's two bodies: nationality and corporeality in George Washington's "Farewell Address" -- Corresponding sentiments and republican letters: Hannah Foster's The Coquette -- Masochism and male sentimentalism: Charles Brockden Brown's Clara Howard -- Obscene publics: Jesse Sharpless and Harriet Jacob -- Afterword: closeted sentiments.
Abstract:
Sentimentalism, sex, the construction of the modern body, and the origins of American liberalism all come under scrutiny in this rich discussion of political life in the early republic. Here Bruce Burgett enters into debates over the "public sphere," a concept introduced by Jurgen Habermas that has led theorists to grapple with such polarities as public and private, polity and personality, citizenship and subjection. With the literary public sphere as his primary focus, Burgett sets out to challenge the Enlightenment opposition of reason and sentiment as the fundamental grid for understanding American political culture.
Content Type:
text
Carrier Type:
online resource
Language:
English