Orectic Subjects and Sensuous Self-Making in Stoddard and Dickinson

Rachel Blumenthal

Indiana University Kokomo

Rachel A. Blumenthal is Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University Kokomo, where she teaches courses on captivity narratives, ethnic and minority American literatures, women’s literature, critical theory, revolutionary literature, and medical humanities. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Literature and Medicine, ESQ, Callaloo, and Arab Studies Quarterly. Her current book project, Misdiagnosis: Psychology and the Female Patient in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, uncovers a vital connection in the nineteenth century between literature and the emerging science of psychology. Rachel also directs Thirteenth: Literature & Legacy, a 2017  colloquium on race in the U.S. supported by the NEH. . 


Blumenthal:When Cassandra, the narrator of Elizabeth Stoddard’s 1862 bildungsroman, The Morgesons, asserts that she is “moved and governed by [her] sensations,” she describes a “self-government” rooted in... [ view full abstract ]


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P04 » Speculative Materialisms in the Nineteenth Century (08:30 - Thursday, 22nd March, Enchantment E)

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