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The literary study of emotion is part of an important revisionary movement among scholars eager to recast emotional politics for the twenty-first century. Looking beyond the traditional categories of sentiment, sensibility, and sympathy, Jennifer Travis suggests a new approach to reading emotionalism among men. She argues that the vocabulary of injury, with its evaluations of victimhood and its assessments of harm, has deeply influenced the cultural history of emotions.

From the Civil War to the early twentieth century, Travis traces the history of male emotionalism in American discourse. She argues that injury became a comfortable vocabulary--particularly among white middle-class men--through which to articulate and to claim a range of emotional wounds. The debates about injury that flourished in the cultural arenas of medicine, psychology, and the law spilled over into the realm of fiction, as Travis demonstrates through readings of works by Stephen Crane, William Dean Howells, Willa Cather, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. Travis concludes by linking this history to twenty-first-century preoccupations with "pain-centered politics," which, she cautions, too often focuses only on women and racial minorities.

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From the Civil War to the early twentieth century, Travis traces the history of men and emotions in American discourse. She argues that injury became a comfortable vocabulary--particularly among white middle-class men--through which to articulate and to claim a range of emotional wounds. Debates about injury that flourished in the cultural arenas of medicine, psychology, and the law spilled over into the realm of fiction, Travis demonstrates, in works by Stephen Crane, William Dean Howells, Willa Cather, Henry James, and Edith Wharton.

About the Author

Jennifer Travis is assistant professor of English at St. John's University and coeditor of Boys Don't Cry?: Rethinking Masculinity and Emotion in the U.S.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807856352
Author:
Travis, Jennifer
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Social history
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
American fiction
Subject:
Emotions in literature
Subject:
American
Subject:
emotions; emotional injury; masculinity; gender; law and literature; Civil War; soldier s heart; Stephen Crane; William Dean Howells; Henry James; Willa Cather; Edith Wharton; The Golden Bowl; Ethan Frome; A Modern Instance; The Red Badge of Courage; A Lo
Subject:
emotions; emotional injury; masculinity; gender; law and literature; Civil War; soldier s heart; Stephen Crane; William Dean Howells; Henry James; Willa Cather; Edith Wharton; The Golden Bowl; Ethan Frome; A Modern Instance; The Red Badge of Courage; A Lo
Subject:
emotions; emotional injury; masculinity; gender; law and literature; Civil War; soldier s heart; Stephen Crane; William Dean Howells; Henry James; Willa Cather; Edith Wharton; The Golden Bowl; Ethan Frome; A Modern Instance; The Red Badge of Courage; A Lo
Subject:
emotions; emotional injury; masculinity; gender; law and literature; Civil War; soldier s heart; Stephen Crane; William Dean Howells; Henry James; Willa Cather; Edith Wharton; The Golden Bowl; Ethan Frome; A Modern Instance; The Red Badge of Courage; A Lo
Subject:
emotions; emotional injury; masculinity; gender; law and literature; Civil War; soldier s heart; Stephen Crane; William Dean Howells; Henry James; Willa Cather; Edith Wharton; The Golden Bowl; Ethan Frome; A Modern Instance; The Red Badge of Courage; A Lo
Subject:
emotions; emotional injury; masculinity; gender; law and literature; Civil War; soldier s heart; Stephen Crane; William Dean Howells; Henry James; Willa Cather; Edith Wharton; The Golden Bowl; Ethan Frome; A Modern Instance; The Red Badge of Courage; A Lo
Subject:
emotions; emotional injury; masculinity; gender; law and literature; Civil War; soldier s heart; Stephen Crane; William Dean Howells; Henry James; Willa Cather; Edith Wharton; The Golden Bowl; Ethan Frome; A Modern Instance; The Red Badge of Courage; A Lo
Subject:
emotions; emotional injury; masculinity; gender; law and literature; Civil War; soldier s heart; Stephen Crane; William Dean Howells; Henry James; Willa Cather; Edith Wharton; The Golden Bowl; Ethan Frome; A Modern Instance; The Red Badge of Courage; A Lo
Subject:
emotions; emotional injury; masculinity; gender; law and literature; Civil War; soldier s heart; Stephen Crane; William Dean Howells; Henry James; Willa Cather; Edith Wharton; The Golden Bowl; Ethan Frome; A Modern Instance; The Red Badge of Courage; A Lo
Subject:
emotions; emotional injury; masculinity; gender; law and literature; Civil War; soldier s heart; Stephen Crane; William Dean Howells; Henry James; Willa Cather; Edith Wharton; The Golden Bowl; Ethan Frome; A Modern Instance; The Red Badge of Courage; A Lo
Subject:
Emotions
Subject:
emotional injury
Subject:
Masculinity
Subject:
Gender.
Subject:
Law and literature
Subject:
Civil war
Subject:
soldier s heart
Subject:
Stephen Crane
Subject:
William Dean Howells
Subject:
Henry James
Subject:
Willa Cather
Subject:
Edith Wharton
Subject:
The Golden Bowl
Subject:
Ethan Frome
Subject:
A Modern Instance
Subject:
The Red Badge of Courage
Subject:
A Lost Lady
Subject:
Divorce
Subject:
Adultery
Subject:
Privacy.
Subject:
Disability
Subject:
sentiment
Subject:
criminal conversation
Subject:
Marriage
Subject:
Pain
Subject:
Feminist theory
Subject:
gender theory
Subject:
professionalization
Subject:
Tort Law
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
November 2005
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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"Synopsis" by , From the Civil War to the early twentieth century, Travis traces the history of men and emotions in American discourse. She argues that injury became a comfortable vocabulary--particularly among white middle-class men--through which to articulate and to claim a range of emotional wounds. Debates about injury that flourished in the cultural arenas of medicine, psychology, and the law spilled over into the realm of fiction, Travis demonstrates, in works by Stephen Crane, William Dean Howells, Willa Cather, Henry James, and Edith Wharton.
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