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Wild Girl, Natural Man, and the Monster Dangerous Experiments in the Age of Enlightenment

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ISBN-10: 0226160564

ISBN-13: 9780226160566

Edition: 2002

Authors: Julia V. Douthwaite

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Douthwaite looks at the lives of the most famous 'wild children' of eighteenth century Europe, showing how they open a window onto European ideas about the potential and perfectability of mankind.
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Book details

Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 6/15/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Julia V. Douthwaite is professor of French at the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of Exotic Women: Literary Heroines and Cultural Strategies in Ancien R�gime France.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Wild Children: Establishing the Boundaries of Nature and Science
The Animated Statue and the Plasticity of Mankind
Compromised Idylls: Natural Man and Woman Encultured
Raising the Rational Child: Real-Life Experiments and Alternatives to Rousseau
Perfectibility in the Revolutionary Era: Utopian Politics and Dystopian Fictions Epilogue: Monstrous Imperfection
Notes
Index