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Author Strick, Simon, 1974-

Title American dolorologies : pain, sentimentalism, biopolitics / Simon Strick
Published Albany : State University of New York Press, [2014]
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Contents What is dolorology? -- Sublime pain and the subject of sentimentalism -- Anesthesia, birthpain and civilization -- Picturing racial pain -- Late modern pain
Summary Offers a critical history of the role of pain, suffering, and compassion in democratic culture. <br/><br/> American Dolorologies presents a theoretically sophisticated intervention into contemporary equations of subjectivity with trauma. Simon Strick argues against a universalism of pain and instead foregrounds the intimate relations of bodily affect with racial and gender politics. In concise and original readings of medical debates, abolitionist photography, Enlightenment philosophy, and contemporary representations of torture, Strick shows the crucial function that evocations of "bodies in pain" serve in the politicization of differences. This book provides a historical contextualization of contemporary ideas of suffering, sympathy, and compassion, thus establishing an embodied genealogy of the pain that is at the heart of American democratic sentiment.<br/><br/> Simon Strick is Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for Literary and Cultural Research Berlin in Germany
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Pain -- Social aspects -- United States
Suffering -- Social aspects -- United States
Sentimentalism.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Public Policy -- Cultural Policy.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- Cultural.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Popular Culture.
Civilization.
Pain -- Social aspects.
Sentimentalism.
Suffering -- Social aspects.
United States -- Civilization.
United States.
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Form Electronic book
LC no. 2013014434
ISBN 9781438450230
1438450230