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The Resource Curiosity : a cultural history of early modern inquiry, Barbara M. Benedict

Curiosity : a cultural history of early modern inquiry, Barbara M. Benedict

Label
Curiosity : a cultural history of early modern inquiry
Title
Curiosity
Title remainder
a cultural history of early modern inquiry
Statement of responsibility
Barbara M. Benedict
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"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 balloonists, 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
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Benedict, Barbara M
Dewey number
820.9/353
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PR448.C87
LC item number
B46 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English literature
  • Curiosities and wonders in literature
  • English literature
  • English literature
  • Literature and science
  • Literature and society
  • Collectors and collecting in literature
  • Curiosity in literature
  • Monsters in literature
  • Museums in literature
Label
Curiosity : a cultural history of early modern inquiry, Barbara M. Benedict
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-311) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
List of illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Inspecting and spectating: Monsters, rarities, and investigators -- Regulating curiosity -- Consuming curiosity -- From the curious to the curio -- Connoisseurship in the mental cabinet -- Performing curiosity -- Transgression and ambition -- Notes -- Index
Control code
44518037
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 321 pages
Isbn
9780226042633
Isbn Type
(alk paper)
Lccn
00009934
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Curiosity : a cultural history of early modern inquiry, Barbara M. Benedict
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 255-311) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
List of illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Inspecting and spectating: Monsters, rarities, and investigators -- Regulating curiosity -- Consuming curiosity -- From the curious to the curio -- Connoisseurship in the mental cabinet -- Performing curiosity -- Transgression and ambition -- Notes -- Index
Control code
44518037
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 321 pages
Isbn
9780226042633
Isbn Type
(alk paper)
Lccn
00009934
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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