New Book: The Biopolitics of Feeling

Duke University Press is pleased to announce the publication of The Biopolitics of Feeling: Race, Sex, and Science in the Nineteenth Century by Kyla Schuller.

Schuller unearths the forgotten, multiethnic sciences of impressibility—the capacity to be transformed by one’s environment and experiences—to uncover how biopower developed in the United States. Through analyses of evolutionary theories, gynecological sciences, abolitionist poetry and other literary texts, feminist tracts, child welfare reforms, and black uplift movements, Schuller excavates a vast apparatus that regulated the capacity of sensory and emotional feeling in an attempt to shape the evolution of the national population.

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