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Monstrous dreams of reason : body, self, and other in the Enlightenment

Author: Mita Choudhury; Laura J Rosenthal
Publisher: Lewisburg, PA : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, ©2002.
Series: Bucknell studies in eighteenth-century literature and culture.
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"This collection of twelve previously unpublished essays explores the conflicts sparked by the extraordinary range of new ideas and material possibilities in the eighteenth-century British Empire, reading the Enlightenment less as a set of axioms than as a variety of cultural and ideological formations. The essays demonstrate how profoundly eighteenth-century formulations of gender, race, class, and sexuality have,
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Monstrous dreams of reason.
Lewisburg, PA : Bucknell University Press ; London : Associated University Presses, ©2002
(OCoLC)654551433
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Mita Choudhury; Laura J Rosenthal
ISBN: 0838754600 9780838754603
OCLC Number: 46713266
Description: 292 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Gender and modernity: male looks and the performance of public pleasures / Thomas A. King --
The dressing-room unlock'd: eroticism, performance, and privacy from Pepys to the Spectator / Tita Chico --
The tortured apprentice: sexual monstrosity and the suffering of poor children in the Brownrigg murder case / Kristina Straub --
"An experiment practiced by only a few ignorant women": Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, the smallpox inoculation, and the concept of enlightenment / Samantha Fenno --
"This monster, the body": narratives of illness, histories of presence, 1812, 1993 / Helen Deutsch --
Rome, Jerusalem and the imperial imagination: Christian Wilhelm Dohm and the regeneration of the Jews / Jonathan M. Hess --
The work of writing race: Galland, Burton, and the Arabian nights / Jennifer Thorn --
The Unbeimlich and the making of home: Matthew Lewis's Journal of a West India proprietor / Donna Heiland --
"Infamous commerce": transracial prostitution in the south seas and back / Laura J. Rosenthal --
Tropical bounty, local knowledge, and the imperial Georgic / Beth Fowkes Tobin --
Jane Austen and British imperialism / Ruth Perry --
Fact, fantasy, or mimesis? Narratives of freedom/imperial masquerades / Mita Choudhury.
Series Title: Bucknell studies in eighteenth-century literature and culture.
Responsibility: edited by Mita Choudhury and Laura J. Rosenthal.

Abstract:

"This collection of twelve previously unpublished essays explores the conflicts sparked by the extraordinary range of new ideas and material possibilities in the eighteenth-century British Empire, reading the Enlightenment less as a set of axioms than as a variety of cultural and ideological formations. The essays demonstrate how profoundly eighteenth-century formulations of gender, race, class, and sexuality have, through their challenges to a less empirical, rational, and universalizing past, set the terms for debates in the centuries that followed.

They explore a wide range of texts, from Georgic poetry to crime stories, from illness narratives to travel journals, from theatrical performances to medical discourse, and from political treatises to the novel."--Jacket.

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