Healing the Republic: The Language of Health and the Culture of Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century America
The creation of a national culture in the nineteenth century coincided with a common belief that the emerging nation was diseased and in need of healing. Reading nineteenth-century narratives of health by social reformers, popular healers, and literary artists, Burbick exposes the fears and conflicts underlying the creation of an American national culture. To control the body and enforce health becomes the means to create social order and middile-class citizens. Throughout this period, Burbick discovers a fundamental uneasiness about democracy.
"Burbick has taken on a huge project and has opened up the interrelated histories of medicine, politics, and literature in important new ways," Tom Lutz, American Literature
"[Burbick privides] readings of an amazingly diverse array of nineteeth-century prose and poetry, ranging from the well known (Walden, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Moby-Dick) to the little known (Domestic Medicine, by John C. Gunn). These readings are imaginative and frequently arresting." Cynthia Russett, Isis
In 2009, a paperback of Healing the Republic was published. For further information, contact Cambridge University Press at http://www.cambridge.org.
Thoreau's Alternative History: Changing Perspectives on Nature, Culture, and Language
Challenging conventional visions of history that rested on scientific and economic beliefs in progress, Thoreau finds in natural history an alternative story of tragedy, decline, and hope. This alternative narrative of time can still be redeemed but not without an understanding of how nature and culture are interdependent.
"Burbick cogently maps Thoreau's attempts to integrate the history of the natural world with human history and to reconcile the result with a transcendental vision." Martin Bickman, Library Journal
Joan Burbick and William Glass, editors, Beyond Imagined Uniqueness: Nationalisms in Contemporary Perspectives.
Beyond Imagined Uniqueness: Nationalisms in Contemporary Perspectives is a collection of essays from a variety of disciplines and theoretical perspectives that explore the contentious issue of nationalism in historical and contemporary settings. The introduction to this volume was written by Joan Burbick.
"Ranging widely across political and linguistic traditions, Beyond Imagined Uniqueness presents a set of challenging and provocative reassessments of nationalism in the context of global culture." Eric Sundquist