Curiosity

Curiosity

A Cultural History of Early Modern Inquiry

Book - 2001
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"What kind of person is curious? What makes a person or thing an object of curiosity? From Gulliver to Frankenstein, from detectives to hot air baloonists, curious and inquiring characters have been portrayed as themselves curiosities, as social upstarts, and as spectacles to behold. With Curiosity, Barbara Benedict offers a new cultural history of curiosity as it shaped English writing from the late seventeenth to early nineteenth centuries." "Drawing on novels both popular and obscure, ghost stories, travel narratives, trial transcripts, journalism, poems, and pornography, Benedict argues that writers of this period depicted curiosity as an unsavory form of cultural ambition. Curiosity, we learn, was persistently seen as a king of transgression that allowed curious people - scientists, collectors, and prayers of all sorts - to escape their natural places and usurp institutions, meanings, and bodies for private use." "Finely illustrated and the first of its kind, Curiosity is a broad study of modern inquiry that explores the way forbidden topics like the occult, sexuality, gender, and the origin of power became topics of public investigation."--Jacket.
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, c2001
ISBN: 9780226042640
0226042642
9780226042633
0226042634
Branch Call Number: 820.9 Benedict 2001
Characteristics: ix, 321 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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