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

Label
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
Statement of responsibility
Lindsay Tuggle
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
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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Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
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Tuggle, Lindsay
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • indexes
  • bibliography
Series statement
Iowa Whitman series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Death in literature
  • Dead
  • Human anatomy
  • Literature and medicine
Target audience
adult
Label
The afterlives of specimens : science, mourning, and Whitman's Civil War, Lindsay Tuggle
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 254p.
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.
Label
The afterlives of specimens : science, mourning, and Whitman's Civil War, Lindsay Tuggle
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 254p.
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill.

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