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The ivory leg in the ebony cabinet : madness, race, and gender in Victorian America, Thomas Cooley

Label
The ivory leg in the ebony cabinet : madness, race, and gender in Victorian America
Title
The ivory leg in the ebony cabinet
Title remainder
madness, race, and gender in Victorian America
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Cooley
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From Samuel Morton's collection of Native American skulls to William James's writings on the consciousness of lost limbs, this book examines an array of artifacts that reflect nineteenth-century thinking about madness, race, and gender. According to Thomas W. Cooley, what unites these seemingly disconnected cultural fragments is the governing model of "psychology," as it was just then coming to be called, that shaped the American understanding of "mind" before the age of Freud. Essentially a "faculty" psychology, this model conceived of the human mind as a set of separate roomlike compartments, each with its proper office or capacity. Under this architecture, a healthy mind was characterized by the harmonious interrelation of these faculties; madness, conversely, was believed to occur when the "chambers" of the mind became cut off from one another. In addition, gender and racial qualities were associated with different mental functions: the reasoning intellect took on a "masculine" and "white" valence, while the emotions and appetitive faculties were considered "feminine" or "black." What was thought to be true for the individual also applied to the group. Thus a balanced mind, a happy marriage, and a strong nation all drew their legitimacy from the same essentially racist and sexist model, one that posited a union of parts arrayed in an ostensibly natural hierarchy of authority. In effect a master/slave psychology, this paradigm prevailed in American thought until the end of the nineteenth century. As Cooley shows, it profoundly shaped artifacts of American high culture as well as low-from the writings of Hawthorne, Stowe, Douglass, Dickinson, and the Jameses to political speeches, medical treatises, phrenological sculptures, and sideshow exhibitions
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1942-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Cooley, Thomas
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BF103
LC item number
.C66 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
NLM call number
  • 2001 I-916
  • BF 575.P9
NLM item number
C774i 2001
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Psychology
  • Prejudice
  • History of Medicine
  • History, 19th Century
  • Civilization
  • Psychology
  • Psychologie
  • Zivilisation
  • Geschichte 1800-1900
  • United States
  • United States
  • USA
Label
The ivory leg in the ebony cabinet : madness, race, and gender in Victorian America, Thomas Cooley
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Psych 101 in 1825: The Scots Bring Common Sense to America
  • The House of Madness
  • The Collocation of the Stones: Sanity as Mental Balance
  • Foucault's Beast
  • The Second Test of Madness: Ahab's Ivory Obsession
  • American Africanism
  • The Black Messiah of Jerusalem, Va.
  • The Polygenetic Hypothesis and the Mind of the Savage
  • Hegel's Africa
  • Mount Prognathous
  • Introduction: Vestiges: Little Shop of Race and Gender
  • Habeas Corpus: Rutherford B. Hayes and the Case of Nancy Farrer
  • Romancing the Shadow
  • Colonel Higginson to the Rescue
  • The Black Imp in White America
  • The Haunted Mind
  • The Whale: Male or Female?
  • The Steeple
  • Bachelor's Bower: The Fearful Female
  • Asylum in the Woods
  • A Refined Disgust
  • Holmes and the Parkman Murder
  • The Pond in the Eye of the Mind
  • Thoreau's Old Flame
  • Uncle Tom's Wagon
  • Mrs. Stowe's Fantasy of the White Black Man
  • A More Perfect Union
  • The Black Knight
  • The White Captive
  • Frederick Douglass and the Whiteness of Blackness
  • The Heroic Slave: White Rhetoric, Black Revolution
  • The Abolitionist from Ohio: Huck Finn Grows Up
  • And Gentlemen of the Club
  • Uncle Tom and Aunt Jim
  • Dementia: The Pit
  • Out of the Black Depths; Or the Transformation
  • As the Twig Is Bent
  • Memory: The Ebony Cabinet
  • The Hill of Difficulty and the Fall of Man
  • The Marriage of Head and Heart
  • Back Brain, Front Brain
  • Professor Gould Meets the Hottentot Venus
  • My First Hermaphrodite
  • A Geography of the Mind
  • Phrenology and the Roots of Human Motives
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxvi, 302 pages
Isbn
9781558492844
Lccn
00048888
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
004185219
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)45162079
  • (OCoLC)ocm45162079
Label
The ivory leg in the ebony cabinet : madness, race, and gender in Victorian America, Thomas Cooley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Psych 101 in 1825: The Scots Bring Common Sense to America
  • The House of Madness
  • The Collocation of the Stones: Sanity as Mental Balance
  • Foucault's Beast
  • The Second Test of Madness: Ahab's Ivory Obsession
  • American Africanism
  • The Black Messiah of Jerusalem, Va.
  • The Polygenetic Hypothesis and the Mind of the Savage
  • Hegel's Africa
  • Mount Prognathous
  • Introduction: Vestiges: Little Shop of Race and Gender
  • Habeas Corpus: Rutherford B. Hayes and the Case of Nancy Farrer
  • Romancing the Shadow
  • Colonel Higginson to the Rescue
  • The Black Imp in White America
  • The Haunted Mind
  • The Whale: Male or Female?
  • The Steeple
  • Bachelor's Bower: The Fearful Female
  • Asylum in the Woods
  • A Refined Disgust
  • Holmes and the Parkman Murder
  • The Pond in the Eye of the Mind
  • Thoreau's Old Flame
  • Uncle Tom's Wagon
  • Mrs. Stowe's Fantasy of the White Black Man
  • A More Perfect Union
  • The Black Knight
  • The White Captive
  • Frederick Douglass and the Whiteness of Blackness
  • The Heroic Slave: White Rhetoric, Black Revolution
  • The Abolitionist from Ohio: Huck Finn Grows Up
  • And Gentlemen of the Club
  • Uncle Tom and Aunt Jim
  • Dementia: The Pit
  • Out of the Black Depths; Or the Transformation
  • As the Twig Is Bent
  • Memory: The Ebony Cabinet
  • The Hill of Difficulty and the Fall of Man
  • The Marriage of Head and Heart
  • Back Brain, Front Brain
  • Professor Gould Meets the Hottentot Venus
  • My First Hermaphrodite
  • A Geography of the Mind
  • Phrenology and the Roots of Human Motives
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xxvi, 302 pages
Isbn
9781558492844
Lccn
00048888
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
004185219
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)45162079
  • (OCoLC)ocm45162079

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