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Title Beside you in time : sense methods & queer sociabilities in the American 19th century / Elizabeth Freeman.
Author Freeman, Elizabeth, 1966- author.
Publication Durham : Duke University Press, 2019.
Copyright date ©2019
Description xii, 228 pages ; 23 cm
Call # 306.7601 F
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-217) and index.
Summary Expands biopolitical and queer theory by outlining a temporal view of the long nineteenth century. Drawing on Foucauldian notions of discipline as a regime that yoked the human body to time, Freeman shows how time became a social and sensory means by which people assembled into groups in ways that resisted disciplinary forces. She tracks temporalized bodies across many entangled regimes--religion, secularity, race, historiography, health, and sexuality--and examines how those bodies act in relation to those regimes. In analyses of the use of rhythmic dance by the Shakers; African American slave narratives; literature by Mark Twain, Pauline Hopkins, Herman Melville, and others; and how Catholic sacraments conjoined people across historical boundaries, Freeman makes the case for the body as an instrument of what she calls queer hypersociality. As a mode of being in which bodies are connected to others and their histories across and throughout time, queer hypersociality, Freeman contends, provides the means for subjugated bodies to escape disciplinary regimes of time and to create new social worlds.
Contents Shake it off : the physiopolitics of Shaker dance, 1774-1856 -- The gift of constant escape : playing dead in African American literature, 1849-1900 -- Feeling historicisms : libidinal history in Twain and Hopkins -- The sense of unending : defective chronicity in "Bartleby, the scrivener" and "Melanctha" -- Sacra/mentality in Djuna Barnes's Nightwood -- Coda: Rhythm travel.
Subject Time -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Homosexuality -- Social aspects -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Time perception in literature.
Human body in literature.
American literature -- African American authors -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Queer theory.
American literature -- African American authors. (OCoLC)fst00807114
Homosexuality -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst00959809
Human body in literature. (OCoLC)fst01899762
Literature and society. (OCoLC)fst01000096
Queer theory. (OCoLC)fst01739572
Time perception in literature. (OCoLC)fst01151164
Time -- Social aspects. (OCoLC)fst01151066
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
1800-1899
Genre Criticism, interpretation, etc. (OCoLC)fst01411635
History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Related To Online version: Freeman, Elizabeth, 1966- Beside you in time. Durham : Duke University Press, 2019 9781478006350 (DLC) 2019013604
ISBN 1478006358 (paperback) :
9781478006350 (paperback) :
1478005041 (hardcover)
9781478005049 (hardcover)

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