Testimonials

I am grateful for people who have read my work–or worked with me–and who have taken the time to write about what I do. Here are some of their reviews and comments.

Health and Sickness in the Early American Novel: Social Affection and Eighteenth-Century Medicine

“Maureen Tuthill’s fascinating book demonstrates how American assumptions about healthcare have their roots in the eighteenth century and, in particular, the two decades following the USA’s founding. … Health and Sickness in the Early American Novel is deeply researched, tightly structured and consistently well argued. … The book makes thought-provoking and sobering reading … .” [For full review, click here.]

Rowland Hughes, The British Society for Literature and Science

“[A] richly interesting and enjoyable book that successfully integrates an examination of early American medical theories and debates with close readings of the characterizations and plot themes of early American novels.” This book’s description of the tension between social affection and the pursuit of self-interest, and its historicization of the discourses of privilege that plague the American health system, make it an important and topical contribution to American studies.

Canadian Association for American Studies–Honorable Mention, Robert K. Martin Prize for Best Book 2017

“Tuthill offers a sorely-needed analysis of Federalist literature’s depictions of medicine. She adroitly argues that scenes of care give us access to an important tension within early national identity. On the one hand, such scenes foreground a need to minister to others in times of illness in order to build bonds of social affectation and, on the other hand, they emphasize citizens’ responsibility to protect their health as a form of self-interest. Health and Sickness in the Early American Novel provides valuable insights into why medicine matters for understanding what it meant to be an early American.”

Kelly Bezio, Texas A&M University

“…the greatest achievement of the monograph is that it creates a space for debate, because Tuthill shows that the critical works on these novels all too often omit the bodily reality of sickness in literature in favor of the metaphoric possibilities, and demonstrates why in many cases such a search for hidden meanings may limit rather than broaden the
literal reading.”

Jarosław Milewski, University of Łódź, Polish Journal for American Studies