The Making of the Modern Self
Identity and Culture in Eighteenth-century England New edition
By (author) Dror Wahrman
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Making of the Modern Self by Dror Wahrman
Book DescriptionToward 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300121391
(235mm x 161mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 16-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States
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Mr. Collier's Letter Racks, Hardback (November 2012)
Uncovers an artistic puzzle in the illusionist paintings by Edward Collier, a Dutch-British still-life painter who moved to London at the end of the seventeenth century and encoded a sophisticated critique of the information revolution that ushered in the modern information age.
Age of Cultural Revolutions, Paperback (January 2002)
Explores a key period in the making of the modern West. Although the notion of 'dual revolutions,' economic in Britain and political in France, has been vigorously challenged, this book finds that 'revolutionary' is an apt description of the important cultural transformations that took place in both France and Britain at the onset of modernity.
Imagining the Middle Class, Paperback (July 1995)» View all books by Dror Wahrman
A radically new interpretation of political and social concepts during the Industrial Revolution in Britain.
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Author Biography - Dror Wahrman
Dror Wahrman is Ruth N. Halls Professor of History and Director of the Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies at Indiana University (Bloomington).
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