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American Literature (1 December 2002) 74 (4): 715–745.
Published: 01 December 2002
... a long time. A husband of a pregnant woman vomits, in a case of sympathetic morning sickness MD 61–63). These automatic mimeses are natural responses of the nervous system. But in states of ‘‘general nervousness or in hysteria, ‘‘the qualities which we all possess are apt to take on a morbid...
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American Literature (1 September 2013) 85 (3): 419–445.
Published: 01 September 2013
... be human flowed from having the right kind of nervous sensitivity, being called insensible—sensorially deficient— was a serious charge: it meant having one’s experiences discarded as fantasy or blankness. Treating insensible somnambulists as epistemically valuable rebuts the charge of blankness that...
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American Literature (1 September 2008) 80 (3): 527–554.
Published: 01 September 2008
... time, the temperance plot was updated to include the idea that such habituations might be nervous illnesses afflicting modern professional workers. Through its addicted protagonist Martin Jocelyn, Roe's novel engages these unevenly developing medical, reform, and popular early representations of...
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American Literature (1 December 2014) 86 (4): 833–835.
Published: 01 December 2014
... Literature and Williams’s Dividing Lines. Given Murison’s focus on discourses of the nervous system in nineteenth-century medicine and literature, one might initially puzzle over her decision to name her book The Politics of Anxiety rather than The Poli- tics of Nervousness, but anxiety turns out to...
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American Literature (1 December 2014) 86 (4): 831–833.
Published: 01 December 2014
... literary production and its status in critical methodology than Murison’s The Politics of Anxiety in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Williams’s Dividing Lines. Given Murison’s focus on discourses of the nervous system in nineteenth-century medicine and literature, one might initially...
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American Literature (1 December 2011) 83 (4): 889–891.
Published: 01 December 2011
... psychoanalysis without “women’s diseases” like hysteria or nervous disor- ders. Female sexuality and reproduction have historically been monitored by a male medical and psychoanalytic profession. Building design, fashion, and juridical definitions of identity have reinforced the idea that, as Iris...
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American Literature (1 June 2003) 75 (2): 436–437.
Published: 01 June 2003
... Chaney? For Flora wanting her son to go to work at the age of ten only to help his ‘‘nervous tics For Jack’s screaming, ‘‘Let it die! Let it die following the birth of his daughter Joan, her head tempo- rarily...
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American Literature (1 December 2004) 76 (4): 889–891.
Published: 01 December 2004
... initially practiced his rest cure on nervous Civil War soldiers. Mitchell ‘‘makes history corporeal, siting specific psychic moments and historical events in bodily wounds Because these wounds were invisible, Mitchell worried about the veracity of neuras- thenics and his ability to read them, eventually...
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American Literature (1 June 2003) 75 (2): 440–442.
Published: 01 June 2003
... digestion, nervous breakdowns, and bouts of alcohol-induced amnesia. Monro may also have been, as Hibberd suggests, the single most important behind-the-scenes ‘‘enabler’’ of early twentieth-century poetry in...
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American Literature (1 September 2004) 76 (3): 467–494.
Published: 01 September 2004
... romantic and mainstream thought from the 1830s to the 1850s, long-standing ideas of electricity as related to the nervous impulse—a divine, nearly immaterial spark of life—and to thought itself were reconceived in terms of Morse’s telegraph. In turn, through the telegraph, American romantics...
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American Literature (1 December 2005) 77 (4): 669–698.
Published: 01 December 2005
... is the] nervous Life of an American Fireman 685 system of the nation and modern societyItswiresspreadlike nerves over the surface of the land, interlinking distant parts He went on to address his own more specialized invention: ‘‘Its purpose is to multiply...
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American Literature (1 June 2016) 88 (2): 269–300.
Published: 01 June 2016
... body presents “a very curious analogy to a telegraphic wire,” and “groups of [nervous] cells evidently answer to the stations of the electric telegraph” 25 (“What Are the Nerves?” Harper’s , May 1862, 759–60). Often connected in popular literature to theories of “sympathy” as an organizing...
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American Literature (1 September 2015) 87 (3): 547–574.
Published: 01 September 2015
.... He attributes divergent responses to painful stimuli of varying intensity primarily to variations in nervous systems resulting from the process of human evolution, and he predicts increased “divergences of sentiency” as humans continued to evolve (175). A physically painful experience like...
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American Literature (1 June 2017) 89 (2): 305–329.
Published: 01 June 2017
... “nervous system” 4 and know in unauthorized ways. In The Will to Change ( 1971a ) and Diving into the Wreck ( 1973 ) Rich breaks with the formalism of her earlier poetry, as she worked to unlearn the patriarchal rules, traditions, forms, and values that had previously governed her life and work...
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American Literature (1 March 2013) 85 (1): 5–31.
Published: 01 March 2013
..., infotainment, caffeine, railways, the industrial division of labor, and the social designs of reformers. All of these he not only thought about but felt in the brain, as a set of artificial mechanisms affecting the inner equilibrium he was seeking. The “restless, nervous, bustling, trivial Nineteenth...
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American Literature (1 March 2004) 76 (1): 117–148.
Published: 01 March 2004
... Barker as- signed her the task of studying the nucleus of Darkeschwitsch of an infant brain, later incorporating her drawings and descriptions into his lengthy neurological textbook, The Nervous System (1899). Remark- ably, following her failure to complete her medical course work in 1901, Stein...
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American Literature (1 September 2010) 82 (3): 489–518.
Published: 01 September 2010
.... This intercontinental telegraphic system is at some points in Cranch’s piece a massive musical instrument of some kind—at other moments, a nervous system—and to this magnetically charged net- work Cranch’s narrator now connects himself as he seizes to the vibrating iron...
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American Literature (1 June 2010) 82 (2): 389–419.
Published: 01 June 2010
... getting very nervous as she watched their savings drain away.36 Perhaps inevitably, before Lin had finished his prototype he ran out of money and requested a loan from Walsh. Despite the fact that Walsh had benefited enormously from Lin’s success, he was not convinced that Lin’s typewriter was a...
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American Literature (1 September 2001) 73 (3): 525–562.
Published: 01 September 2001
... his all-male entourage that constitutes the text’s ubiquitous homoerotic flow. For instance, the opening scene of Vandover describes his mother within the terms of neurasthenia, and thus directly traces Vandover’s own subsequent nervous condition to her, alluding to the inherited nature of his...
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American Literature (1 March 2003) 75 (1): 61–90.
Published: 01 March 2003
... and tiny nervous paroxysms of the last few months all at once cul- minated in some indefinite, indefinable crisis, and the wheels and cogs of all activities save one lapsed away and ceased. Only one function of...