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The making of the modern self identity and culture in eighteenth-century England

Title
The making of the modern self [electronic resource] : identity and culture in eighteenth-century England / Dror Wahrman.
ISBN
0300134592
1281734713
9780300134599
9781281734716
0300102518
9780300102512
Published
New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2004.
Physical Description
1 online resource (xviii, 414 pages) : illustrations
Local Notes
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Summary
Toward the end of the eighteenth century, a radical change occurred in notions of self and personal identity. This was a sudden transformation, says Dror Wahrman, and nothing short of a revolution in the understanding of selfhood and of identity categories including race, gender, and class. In this pathbreaking book, he offers a fundamentally new interpretation of this critical turning point in Western history. Wahrman demonstrates this transformation with a fascinating variety of cultural evidence from eighteenth-century England, from theater to beekeeping, fashion to philosophy, art to travel and translations of the classics. He discusses notions of self in the earlier 1700s -- what he terms the ancien régime of identity -- that seem bizarre, even incomprehensible, to present-day readers. He then examines how this peculiar world came to an abrupt end, and the far-reaching consequences of that change. This unrecognized cultural revolution, the author argues, set the scene for the array of new departures that signaled the onset of Western modernity. Dror Wahrman is associate professor of history at Indiana University (Bloomington).
Variant and related titles
EBSCOhost eBook collection, Yale University Press.
Other formats
Print version: Wahrman, Dror. Making of the modern self. New Haven : Yale University Press, ©2004
Format
Books / Online
Language
English
Added to Catalog
October 04, 2019
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents
Snapshot: on queen bees and being queens
Varieties of gender in the eighteenth-century England
Gender identities and the limits of cultural history
Climate, civilization and complexion : varieties of race
Wide-angle lens : gender, race, class, and other animals
Bird's-eye view : the eighteenth-century masquerade
The ancien régime of identity
Religion, commerce and empire : enabling contexts of identity's ancien régime
The ancien régime and the revolution
The modern regime of selfhood
The panoramic view : making an example of the French.
Genre/Form
Electronic books.
History.
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