By Ann Jefferson
This attractive publication spans 3 centuries to supply the 1st complete account of the lengthy and numerous historical past of genius in France. Exploring a variety of examples from literature, philosophy, and heritage, in addition to drugs, psychology, and journalism, Ann Jefferson examines the ways that the assumption of genius has been eternally mirrored on and redefined via its makes use of in those various contexts. She lines its various fortunes during the insanity and imposture with which genius is frequently linked, and during the observations of these who ensure its presence in others.
Jefferson considers the fashionable beginnings of genius in eighteenth-century aesthetics and the works of philosophes comparable to Diderot. She then investigates the nineteenth-century idea of nationwide and collective genius, the self-appointed function of Romantic poets as misunderstood geniuses, the recurrent obsession with failed genius within the realist novels of writers like Balzac and Zola, the contested type of lady genius, and the scientific literature that seen genius as a sort of pathology. She exhibits how twentieth-century perspectives of genius narrowed via its organization with IQ and baby prodigies, and he or she discusses the various methods significant theorists—including Sartre, Barthes, Derrida, and Kristeva—have repudiated and for that reason revived the concept.
Rich in narrative aspect, Genius in France brings a clean method of French highbrow and cultural heritage, and to the burgeoning box of genius studies.
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