"To Make a Figure": Benjamin Rush's Rhetorical Self-Construction and Scientific Authorship

  title={"To Make a Figure": Benjamin Rush's Rhetorical Self-Construction and Scientific Authorship},
  author={Etta M. Madden},
  journal={Early American Literature},
  pages={241 - 272}
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First-Person Salamanders: Benjamin Rush, Impersonality, and Nonhuman Beings
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Ecce Homo! The Figure of Benjamin Rush
Introductory essay to a special issue devoted to articles on Benjamin Rush.
Mental Illness in Early American Fiction: Charles Brockden Brown and the Sentimental Novelists
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From Blood Vessels to Global Networks of Exchange: The Physiology of Benjamin Rush's Early Republic
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Generous support from a Barra Foundation Dissertation Fellowship at the McNeil Center for Early American Studies in 2000-2001 and a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow ship at the UCLA Humanities ConsortiumExpand
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The Health Benefits of Writing about Life Goals
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Religion, Science and Rhetoric in Revolutionary America: The Case of Dr. Benjamin Rush
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