An American Body | Politic
A Deleuzian Approach
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: Dartmouth College Press
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A great many friends and colleagues have contributed to, supported, and inspired this book and the work and efforts that have gone into it. On the support side, I first have to mention the late (and great) Emory Elliott. From the time I first met Emory (at the end of...
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This study explores the oscillation between the ‘real,’ material body, and the social ‘body politic’ in American culture—an oscillation that I will call Body|Politic (I use both single quotation marks and italics for emphasis). My topic is how the materiality of the body [its biological, physical, and other systems] ‘prefigures’ and constitutes...
0, Body, Theory, Politic
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The last two decades have witnessed a boom in Body|Theory. In cultural studies, the market value of ‘the body’ has risen to immense heights: the body has become one of the most analyzed topics of postmodern thought. Particularly in the field of feminism, the body...
1. The Puritans’ Two Bodies
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The Puritans who came to the New World were steeped in Renaissance thought. Almost all of the New England Puritans’ education, their “intellectual life, scientific knowledge, morality, manners and customs, notions and prejudices, was that of all Englishmen” (P. Miller and Johnson 1:7). Indeed, as Howard Mumford...
2. A "'Physics' of Power": Phase Transitions and Turbulence in the Antinomian Controversy
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From 1636 to 1638, the Massachusetts Bay Colony was shaken by its first substantial crisis. Anne Hutchinson, who was later identified by John Winthrop as the main source of that controversy, had come to America from Boston, England, in 1634. Not a part of Winthrop’s party...
3. Cotton Mather: The Angel and the Animalcula
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If John Winthrop and the first generation of New England Puritans can be regarded as both connecting and being suspended between feudal structures of sovereignty and modern structures of government, then Cotton Mather can be considered a transitional or liminal figure oscillating between the fundamentally...
4. "I am the Poet of Little Things": Walt Whitman and Minor Poetics, Politics
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Whereas the last chapters have dealt primarily with events in American history, this chapter will deal with American literature, at a time when the response to Emerson’s call for a genuine American literature clashed with the threat of destruction of a ‘genuine’ United...
5. A Physical Theory of Herdity, Heresy: The Education of Henry Adams
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Both a grandson and a great-grandson of American presidents, Henry Brooks Adams was a fourth-generation member of what was by far the most important and influential political dynasty in American history. He received the finest formal education...
6. "A Sonorous People": Techno, Music and the Joyful Body, Politic
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In noise, Jacques Attali attempts to read music as an indicator [even a predictor] of social change. Since his intention is “not only to theorize about music, but to theorize through music” (4), Attali demonstrates that music can function as the unconscious of...
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At the end of the twentieth [and the beginning of the twenty-fi rst] century, the [traditional metaphor of the] Body|Politic seems to have lost its currency—as the political theorist Carl Schmitt observed, the idea and the “epoch of the State is coming to its end” (19), and...
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Page Count: 336
Illustrations: 8 illus.
Publication Year: 2010