Enlightenment, Passion, Modernity

Enlightenment, Passion, Modernity : Historical Essays in European Thought and Culture

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During the 1970s and 1980s, the study of intellectual and cultural history was often denigrated for its alleged elitist and canonical nature. Today, the situation has changed dramatically. Enriched by the methods and insights of such neighboring areas of inquiry as social history, the history of mentalites, linguistics, anthropology, literary theory, and art history, intellectual and cultural history is experiencing a renewed vitality. The far-ranging essays in this volume, by an internationally distinguished group of scholars, represent a generous sampling of these new studies.The book is in five parts: The Enlightenment and Its Heritages; Mind and Culture in the Victorian Middle Classes; European Cultural Modernism; Culture, Politics, and Society in Twentieth-Century Germany; and Freud and the History of Psychoanalysis. Striking for its interdisciplinarity, the volume includes essays in political theory, historical philosophy, cultural criticism, theology, literature, medicine, and psychoanalysis. Among the topics are Thomas Hobbes's civil science, Enlightenment philosophies of history, ancien regime pornography, German modernist architecture, T. S. Eliot's social criticism, the history of cultural censorship in Germany, German-Jewish women during the Nazi persecution, and Freud's attitudes toward death and dying.The essays have been written in honor of Peter Gay, one of the most provocative and influential historians of the twentieth century and one of the leading American scholars of European thought and culture today; the essays reflect themes and issues running through his work. The contributors are W. F. Bynum, David Cannadine, Stefan Collini, Robert Darnton, Robert L. Dietle, Ilse Grubrich-Simitis, Judith Hughes, Martin Jay, Peter Jelavich, Marion A. Kaplan, Thomas A. Kohut, Peter Loewenberg, Mark S. Micale, Harry C. Payne, Quentin Skinner, John Toews, R. K. Webb, Dora B. Weiner, and Jay Winter.
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  • Hardback | 528 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 33.27mm | 925.33g
  • Palo Alto, United States
  • English
  • 0804731160
  • 9780804731164

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During the 1970s and 1980s, the study of intellectual and cultural history was often denigrated for its alleged elitist and canonical nature. Today, the situation has changed dramatically. Enriched by the methods and insights of such neighboring areas of inquiry as social history, the history of mentalites, linguistics, anthropology, literary theory, and art history, intellectual and cultural history is experiencing a renewed vitality. The far-ranging essays in this volume, by an internationally distinguished group of scholars, represent a generous sampling of these new studies.
The book is in five parts: The Enlightenment and Its Heritages; Mind and Culture in the Victorian Middle Classes; European Cultural Modernism; Culture, Politics, and Society in Twentieth-Century Germany; and Freud and the History of Psychoanalysis. Striking for its interdisciplinarity, the volume includes essays in political theory, historical philosophy, cultural criticism, theology, literature, medicine, and psychoanalysis. Among the topics are Thomas Hobbes's civil science, Enlightenment philosophies of history, ancien regime pornography, German modernist architecture, T. S. Eliot's social criticism, the history of cultural censorship in Germany, German-Jewish women during the Nazi persecution, and Freud's attitudes toward death and dying.
The essays have been written in honor of Peter Gay, one of the most provocative and influential historians of the twentieth century and one of the leading American scholars of European thought and culture today; the essays reflect themes and issues running through his work. The contributors are W. F. Bynum, David Cannadine, Stefan Collini, Robert Darnton, Robert L. Dietle, Ilse Grubrich-Simitis, Judith Hughes, Martin Jay, Peter Jelavich, Marion A. Kaplan, Thomas A. Kohut, Peter Loewenberg, Mark S. Micale, Harry C. Payne, Quentin Skinner, John Toews, R. K. Webb, Dora B. Weiner, and Jay Winter.
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Table of contents

1. Peter Gay: a life in history Robert L. Dietle and Mark S. Micale; Part I. The Enlightenment and its Heritages: 2. Thomas Hobbes's changing conception of civil science Quentin Skinner; 3. Wisdom at the expense of the dead: thinking about history in the French Enlightenment Harry C. Payne; 4. A provincial doctor faces the Paris establishment: Philippe Pinel, 1778-1793 Dora B. Weiner; 5. 'Philosophical sex': pornography in Old Regime France Robert Darnton; Part II. Mind and Culture in the Victorian Middle Classes: 6. Miracles in English Unitarian thought R. K. Webb; 7. The cardinal's brother: Francis Newman, Victorian Bourgeois W. F. Bynum; 8. The Bourgeois experience as political culture: the Chamberlains of Birmingham David Cannadine; Part III. European Cultural Modernism: 9. Building historical and cultural identities in a modernist frame: Karl Friedrich Schinkel's Bauakademie on content John E. Toews; 10. The European modernist as Anglican moralist: the later social criticism of T. S. Eliot Stefan Collini; 11. Celine and the cultivation of hatred Jay Winter; 12. Modern and post-modern paganism: Peter Gay and Jean-Francois Lyotard Martin Jay; Part IV. Culture, Politics and Society in Twentieth-Century Germany: 13. Paradoxes of censorship in Modern Germany Peter Jelavich; 14. The creation of Wilhelm Busch as a German cultural hero, 1902-1908 Thomas A. Kohut; 15. When the ordinary became extraordinary: German Jews reacting to Nazi persecution 1933-1939 Marion A. Kaplan; Part V. Freud and the History of Psychoanalysis: 16. Opposite the Pantheon: fantasy about a picture postcard sent by Sigmund Freud Ilse Grubrich-Simitis; 17. Retrogression: Helen Deutsch's account of the 'dark continent' Judith M. Hughes; 18. A stoic death: Sigmund Freud, Max Schur and assisted dying in contemporary America Peter Loewenberg; Bibliography; Index.
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About Mark S. Micale

Mark S. Micale is a University Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. Robert L. Dietle is Assistant Professor of History at Western Kentucky University.
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