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Encounters with wild children : temptation and disappointment in the study of human nature

Author: Adriana S Benzaquén
Publisher: Montreal : McGill-Queen's University Press, [2006]
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"Since the early seventeenth century, stories of encounters with strange children in unusual circumstances have been recorded, circulated, and reproduced in Europe and North America not simply as myths, legends, or good tabloid copy but as occurrences deserving serious scrutiny by philosophers and scientists. "Wild children" were seen as privileged objects of knowledge, believed to hold answers to fundamental  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Adriana S Benzaquén
ISBN: 0773529721 9780773529724
OCLC Number: 61427587
Description: vi, 393 p. : ill., ports. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The accounts --
The list, the class, the story-form --
Peter of Hanover and the wild girl of Songi --
The debates --
The wild boy of Aveyron --
Victor's afterlife --
Wolf children --
Confinement and freedom.
Other Titles: Wild children
Responsibility: Adriana S. Benzaquén.
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