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Bodies of Reform: The Rhetoric of Character in Gilded Age America

James B. Salazar


From the patricians of the early republic to post-Reconstruction racial scientists, from fin de siècle progressivist social reformers to post-war sociologists, character, that curiously formable yet equally formidable “stuff,” has had a long and checkered history giving shape to the American national identity. This book reconceives this pivotal category of nineteenth-century literature and culture by charting the development of the concept of “character” in the fictional genres, social reform movements, and political cultures of the United States from the mid-nineteenth to the early-twentieth ... More

Keywords: American national identity, nineteenth-century literature, character building, social reform, cultural politics, social mobility, political authority

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Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780814741306
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814741306.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James B. Salazar, author

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