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Nervous acts : essays on literature, culture, and sensibility

Author: G S Rousseau
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2011] ©2004
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Transferred to digital printing 2011View all editions and formats
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"Between 1965 and 2000 George Rousseau wrote a series of landmark essays about the role of the nervous system in the rise of literature and sensibility that altered the landscape of eighteenth-century studies. Now these essays have been collected for the first time. The arguments challenge thinking about the Enlightenment and reconfigure the contexts of European sensibility. Since their original publication much  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Collected Work
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: G S Rousseau
ISBN: 9781403934543 1403934541
OCLC Number: 1037950080
Description: xii, 395 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: "Originated neurology" : nerves, spirits, and fibers, 1969-2004 --
Science and the discovery of the imagination (1969) --
Pineapples, pregnancy, and pica : nerves and the "mother's imagination" (1972) --
Nerves and racism : Le Cat's neurology of racism (1973) --
Nerves, spirits, and fibres : toward the origins of sensibility (1975) --
Nerves and nymphomania : Bienville and female sensibility (1982) --
Discourses of the nerve (1989) --
Towards a semiotics of the nerve (1991) --
"Strange pathology" : nerves and the hysteria diagnosis in early modern Europe (1993).
Responsibility: by George S. Rousseau.

Abstract:

"Between 1965 and 2000 George Rousseau wrote a series of landmark essays about the role of the nervous system in the rise of literature and sensibility that altered the landscape of eighteenth-century studies. Now these essays have been collected for the first time. The arguments challenge thinking about the Enlightenment and reconfigure the contexts of European sensibility. Since their original publication much criticism and scholarship has been produced that engages, adopts, and expands on Rousseau's discussions. The new introductory essay surveys this fascinating cultural profile from the ancients to the moderns, and provides a personal account of what the author's quest for the past has entailed.

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