By Dana Luciano
Charting the proliferation of types of mourning and memorial throughout a century more and more considering their old and temporal importance, Arranging Grief bargains an leading edge new view of the cultured, social, and political implications of emotion. Dana Luciano argues that the cultural plotting of grief offers a particular perception into the nineteenth-century American temporal imaginary, considering grief either underwrote the social preparations that supported the nation’s normal chronologies and subsidized alternative ways of advancing history.
Nineteenth-century appeals to grief, as Luciano demonstrates, subtle modes of “sacred time” throughout either spiritual and ostensibly secular frameworks, right now authorizing and unsettling verified schemes of connection to the earlier and the longer term. studying mourning manuals, sermons, memorial tracts, poetry, and fiction via Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Apess, James Fenimore Cooper, Catharine Maria Sedgwick, Susan Warner, Harriet E. Wilson, Herman Melville, Frances E. W. Harper, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Keckley, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, Luciano illustrates the ways in which grief coupled the affective physique to time. Drawing on formalist, Foucauldian, and psychoanalytic feedback, Arranging Grief exhibits how literary engagements with grief placed forth methods of demanding deep-seated cultural assumptions approximately historical past, development, our bodies, and behaviors.
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Arranging Grief: Sacred Time and the Body in Nineteenth-Century America (Sexual Cultures) by Dana Luciano