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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joan Burbick  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Born: 1946 in Chicago, Illinois

-- Joan Burbick on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

She was born in Chicago, Illinois. She was a visiting scholar at Knox Collete in Galesburg, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joan Burbick is currently a professor of English and American studies at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Thoreau's Alternative History: Changing Perspectives on Nature, Culture, and Language
ISBN: 081228058X

University of Pennsylvania Press. 1987

Healing the Republic: The Language of Health and the Culture of Nationalism in Nineteenth-Century America (Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture)
ISBN: 0521106737

Cambridge University Press. 2009

The creation of an American national culture in the nineteenth century coincided with a common belief that the emerging nation was diseased and in need of healing. Reading nineteenth-century narratives of health by a wide variety of authors, Burbick exposes the fears and conflicts underlying the creation of an American national culture. In studying these narratives of the body, this pioneering and comprehensive work concludes that a fundamental uneasiness about democracy may result in a collective, willful effort to control the body trope as a means of composing social order.

Rodeo Queens and the American Dream
ISBN: 1586481118

PublicAffairs. 2002

Uses stories and interviews to provide a glimpse into the history and lives of past and present "sweethearts of the rodeo."

Gun Show Nation: Gun Culture and American Democracy
ISBN: 1595582045

New Press, The. 2007

A stunning expos˘ of the roots of American gun culture.
On progressive websites and in newspaper columns Gun Show Nation has become part of a lively debate on guns and democracy in America. "Burbick gets it," Buzzflash says, "she cuts through to the heart of the psychology of guns." Cultural historian, critic, and gun owner Joan Burbick examines the lethal politics of gun ownership, answering that perennial question about America culture: Why are Americans so obsessed with guns? Looking at the nation from the floor of a gun show, Burbick uncovers a powerful conservative ideology that attempts to place gun ownership at the center of our democracy. "Careful in her conclusions, lively in her writing" (Booklist), her analysis takes us from the history of the NRA, through the gun lobby's engagement with domestic politics that reached its high-water mark during the Reagan era, to the movement's contemporary hostility to the United Nations.

The most thorough account yet of the beliefs that millions of ordinary Americans hold about guns, Gun Show Nation delves into the political machinations that have shaped the gun debate in America and draws fascinating conclusions about gun culture and national identity.

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