The Making of the Modern Self: Identity and Culture in Eighteenth-Century England / Edition 1

The Making of the Modern Self: Identity and Culture in Eighteenth-Century England / Edition 1

by Dror Wahrman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300121393

ISBN-13: 9780300121391

Pub. Date: 12/05/2006

Publisher: Yale University Press

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

Overview

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 regime 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300121391
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
12/05/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Contents

List of Illustrations....................vi
Acknowledgments....................ix
Preface Before the Self: The Ancien Régime of Identity and the Revolution....................xi
Part I Snapshot: On Queen Bees and Being Queens....................3
Chapter 1 Varieties of Gender in Eighteenth-Century England....................7
Chapter 2 Gender Identities and the Limits of Cultural History....................45
Chapter 3 Climate, Civilization, and Complexion: Varieties of Race....................83
Wide-Angle Lens: Gender, Race, Class, and Other Animals....................127
Part II Bird's-Eye View: The Eighteenth-Century Masquerade....................157
Chapter 4 The Ancien Régime of Identity....................166
Chapter 5 Religion, Commerce, and Empire: Enabling Contexts of Identity's Ancien Régime....................198
Chapter 6 The Ancien Régime and the Revolution....................218
Chapter 7 The Modern Regime of Selfhood....................265
The Panoramic View: Making an Example of the French....................312
Notes....................322
Index....................403

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