Fleshing Out America: Race, Gender, and the Politics of the Body in American Literature, 1833–1879
Fleshing Out America explores the representation of the body in the work of seven authors, all of whom were involved with their era's reform movements: Lydia Maria Child, Frances E. W. Harper, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Walt Whitman, Harriet Jacobs, and Martin R. Delany. For such American writers, who connected the individual body symbolically with the body politic, the new science was fraught with possibility and peril. Covering topics from representation, spectatorship, and essentialism to difference, power, and authority, Carolyn Sorisio places these writers' works in historical context and in relation to contemporary theories of corporeality. She shows how these authors struggled, in diverse and divergent ways, to flesh out America—to define, even defend, the nation's body in a tumultuous period.
University of Georgia Press
Sorisio, Carolyn, "Fleshing Out America: Race, Gender, and the Politics of the Body in American Literature, 1833–1879" (2002). College of Arts & Sciences Faculty Books. 80.