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American Literature (2024) 96 (2): 241–267.
Published: 01 June 2024
...Cera Smith Abstract Taking seriously Ralph Ellison’s interest in the sympathetic nervous system and his involvement in the Black hospital movement, this article demonstrates how the protagonist’s pain in Invisible Man ’s factory hospital scene influences the narrator’s writerly “choices...
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American Literature (2002) 74 (4): 715–745.
Published: 01 December 2002
... to someone else coughing for 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...
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American Literature (2019) 91 (4): 721–749.
Published: 01 December 2019
...” and that wounding’s characteristic symptom, “the hysterical shattering of the personality.” Historians of trauma describe how the mind, as opposed to the nervous system, was gradually isolated as the realm of the condition, and as a result, the personality was understood to break. For literary scholars of trauma...
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American Literature (2021) 93 (3): 417–444.
Published: 01 September 2021
... attempts to enter cyberspace involve a corresponding invasion of the body, a penetration of cyberspace into the hacker’s nervous system (Gibson 1987 : 3; Gibson 1984 : 54). Chun ( 2006 : 3) explains this dynamic as it relates to the internet: “The moment you ‘jack in’ (for networked Macs and Windows...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (4): 833–835.
Published: 01 December 2014
... 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 be central to Murison’s...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (3): 419–445.
Published: 01 September 2013
... . www.jstor.org/stable/10.5309/willmaryquar.67.4.0645 . Krause Sydney . 1994 . “ Penn’s Elm and Edgar Huntly: Dark ‘Instruction to the Heart .”’ American Literature 66 , no. 3 : 463 – 84 . www.jstor.org/stable/2927600 . Lawrence Christopher . 1979 . “ The Nervous System and Society...
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American Literature (2004) 76 (3): 467–494.
Published: 01 September 2004
... of the nervous system itself as a tele- graphic network; in turn, such understandings encouraged medical explorations of the uses of electricity.36 Boston physician and inventor William F. Channing suggested this connection between the techno- logical and medical uses of electricity in Notes on the Medical...
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American Literature (2014) 86 (4): 831–833.
Published: 01 December 2014
... 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 puzzle over her decision to name her book...
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American Literature (2022) 94 (4): 623–650.
Published: 01 December 2022
... of the nervous system.” Anticipating William James’s analogy of the nervous system and the market in The Principles of Psychology (1890), her point is that the body has its own economy of energy. Beecher’s discussion of the nervous system is an extension of her assessment of public health in the broadest sense...
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American Literature (2016) 88 (2): 269–300.
Published: 01 June 2016
... in 1869, is also ripe with telegraphic content. 23 Sprenger picks up on this aspect of McLuhan as well, arguing: “As if he was writing around 1860, McLuhan in 1960 defines the telegraphic cable as the first expansion of nerves and beginning of the extension of the nervous system. In them lie...
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American Literature (2024) 96 (2): 163–185.
Published: 01 June 2024
... the physical body under the humoral model to supplementing the centrality of the brain and nervous system (Alberti 2010 : 17–20). “In most cases,” as Fay Bound Alberti ( 2010 : 38) relates, “the organ of feeling had become the brain, rather than the heart.” Yet the heart’s association with feeling, and its...
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American Literature (2023) 95 (2): 321–335.
Published: 01 June 2023
.... , 205 – 222 . New York : The New Press . Gerard Ralph . 1950 . “ Some of the Problems Concerning Digital Notions in the Central Nervous System .” In Cybernetics: Circular Causal and Feedback Mechanisms in Biological and Social Systems , edited by von Foerster Heinz , Mead Margaret...
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American Literature (2015) 87 (3): 547–574.
Published: 01 September 2015
... 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 extracting a tooth or amputating a limb, he contends, “gives to dif- ferent persons widely different amounts...
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American Literature (2017) 89 (2): 305–329.
Published: 01 June 2017
... the stories I knew / in which people went wrong / but the nervous system / was right all along.” 5 Recently, critiques of universities have flourished (Readings 1996 ; Newfield 2008 ; Davidson and Goldberg 2010 ; Ferguson 2012 ; Wilder 2013 ; Chatterjee and Maira 2014 ). However, the tradition...
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American Literature (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 (2024) 96 (2): 297–324.
Published: 01 June 2024
... is the detection by the nervous system, such as neurons of somatosensory ganglia, of stimuli that are harmful, actually or potentially tissue damaging. Nociception often triggers the sensation of pain” (Flores et al. 2015 : 610). These fibers, that is, register sound as pain. Sensation literature can be cruel...
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American Literature (2010) 82 (3): 489–518.
Published: 01 September 2010
... 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 string. “The jerks instantly were experienced in my...
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American Literature (2013) 85 (1): 5–31.
Published: 01 March 2013
.... As the neu- rologist Hammond understood it, modern civilization had a duty to repair sleep—or to reproduce natural sleep—because it had broken it: “As nations advance in civilization and refinement, affections of the nervous system become more frequent, because progress in these directions...
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American Literature (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...
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American Literature (2003) 75 (2): 335–365.
Published: 01 June 2003
... mediated by a finely tuned nervous system: Whitman has ‘‘instant conductors’’ all over his body that ‘‘seize every object’’ and ‘‘lead it harmlessly’’ through him (LG, 53). The world pours into the body, which matches its...