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The Resource The afterlives of specimens : science, mourning, and Whitman's Civil War, Lindsay Tuggle

The afterlives of specimens : science, mourning, and Whitman's Civil War, Lindsay Tuggle

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The afterlives of specimens : science, mourning, and Whitman's Civil War
Title
The afterlives of specimens
Title remainder
science, mourning, and Whitman's Civil War
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Lindsay Tuggle
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eng
Summary
"The Afterlives of Specimens explores the space between science and sentiment, the historical moment when the human cadaver became both lost love object and subject of anatomical violence. Walt Whitman witnessed rapid changes in relations between the living and the dead. In the space of a few decades, dissection evolved from a posthumous punishment inflicted on criminals to an element of preservationist technology worthy of the presidential corpse of Abraham Lincoln. Whitman transitioned from a fervent opponent of medical bodysnatching to a literary celebrity who left behind instructions for his own autopsy, including the removal of his brain for scientific study. Grounded in archival discoveries, Afterlives traces the origins of nineteenth-century America's preservation compulsion, illuminating the influences of botanical, medical, spiritualist, and sentimental discourses on Whitman's work. Tuggle unveils previously unrecognized connections between Whitman and the leading "medical men" of his era, such as the surgeon John H. Brinton, founding curator of the Army Medical Museum, and Silas Weir Mitchell, the neurologist who discovered phantom limb syndrome. Remains from several amputee soldiers whom Whitman nursed in the Washington hospitals became specimens in the Army Medical Museum. Tuggle is the first scholar to analyze Whitman's role in medically memorializing the human cadaver and its abandoned parts."--
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Tuggle, Lindsay
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS3242.B58
LC item number
T84 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
The Iowa Whitman series
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  • Whitman, Walt
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Human body in literature
  • Dead in literature
  • Death in literature
  • Dead
  • Human anatomy
  • Literature and medicine
  • Literature and science
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General
  • HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
  • Anatomy
  • Dead in literature
  • Dead
  • Death in literature
  • Human anatomy
  • Human body in literature
  • Literature and medicine
  • Literature and science
  • Medicine
  • United States
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The afterlives of specimens : science, mourning, and Whitman's Civil War, Lindsay Tuggle
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-246) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Specimen interiors : an introduction -- Tomb leaves : the anatomy of regeneration -- Specimen cases : from hospital to museum -- Phantoms of countless lost : the nostalgia of absent limbs -- Skeleton leaves : embalming elegies -- Autopsy and afterlife : anatomical celebrity
Control code
983824370
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 254 pages
Isbn
9781609385392
Lccn
2017005979
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)983824370
Label
The afterlives of specimens : science, mourning, and Whitman's Civil War, Lindsay Tuggle
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 187-246) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Specimen interiors : an introduction -- Tomb leaves : the anatomy of regeneration -- Specimen cases : from hospital to museum -- Phantoms of countless lost : the nostalgia of absent limbs -- Skeleton leaves : embalming elegies -- Autopsy and afterlife : anatomical celebrity
Control code
983824370
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 254 pages
Isbn
9781609385392
Lccn
2017005979
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)983824370

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