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Introduction: Enlightenment Bodies

Carole Reeves

Carole Reeves is Outreach Historian at The Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine, University College London, UK. She is co-author of Medical Book Illustration: A Short History. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of the Human Body in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Cultural History Chapter

...The Enlightenment was a time when people began to take stock of their intrinsic worth as individuals. This appraisal was different of course from ownership of one’s body. Slaves were still property, servants and apprentices were indentured,...

Introduction: The Animal Witness

Matthew Senior

Matthew Senior is Professor of French at the University of Minnesota and author of Animal Acts: Configuring the Human in Western History. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Animals in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Berg, 2007

Cultural History Chapter

...Ah! I will no longer be obliged to seek among animals the gaze of kindness that is forever denied me among humans.Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Oeuvres complètes (Paris: Gallimard, 1959), vol. I, p. 1089.Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Oeuvres complètes...

Philosophical Beliefs

A Cultural History of Animals in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Berg, 2007

Cultural History Chapter

...During the eighteenth century, the question of animals acquired a new philosophical importance.The present chapter is based on a selection of passages from Jean-Luc Guichet, Rousseau, l’animal et l’homme: L’animalité dans l’horizon...

The Environment of Theatre: Power, Resistance and Commerce

Mechele Leon

Mechele Leon is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre at the University of Kansas, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Cultural History of Theatre in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Cultural History Chapter

...Histories of theatre typically focus on what goes on inside a playhouse – on performances that take place within theatre buildings – and the buildings themselves. We do not often think about theatre within the larger context of the physical...

The Life Cycle

A Cultural History of Women in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Cultural History Chapter

...Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, ed. Vincent Caretta, rev. ed. (London: Penguin, 2003), p. 42.Every woman too, at certain times, was forbidden to come into a dwelling house, or touch any person...

Sex, Medicine and Disease

A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2011

Cultural History Chapter

...Sex for What … ? In matters of sex, the Enlightenment physicians found themselves devoting their attention increasingly to biological sex and gender. This was not merely because their profession was enlarging and they looked to make...

Education

A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2010

Cultural History Chapter

...In overviews of Western education, the Enlightenment is often discussed in terms of educational philosophy as the “Locke to Pestalozzi” era, emphasizing prominent educational theorists and the plans and institutions of innovative educators....

The Social Life of the Senses

A Cultural History of the Senses in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Cultural History Chapter

...The senses have, by now, thoroughly infiltrated the study of social life in the eighteenth-century West. The Foul and the Fragrant, Tastes of Paradise, Intimate Vision: such book titles suggest that we are now routinely called upon...

Public and Private

A Cultural History of Women in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2013

Cultural History Chapter

...There is no question that the Enlightenment, as an intellectual and social movement, possessed universal aspirations. In practice, as this volume demonstrates, it transcended national boundaries. Yet perhaps no country is as closely...

The Senses in Religion

A Cultural History of the Senses in the Age of Enlightenment Volume 4

Bloomsbury Academic, 2014

Cultural History Chapter

...Portions of this chapter are reprinted from Mack (2008).I myself will see [God] with my own eyes—I, and not another.My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.O taste and see that the LORD is good.Let him kiss me...