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Victorian Skin

by Pamela K. Gilbert Cornell University Press (March 15, 2019)

In Victorian Skin, Pamela K. Gilbert uses literary, philosophical, medical, and scientific discourses about skin to trace the development of a broader discussion of what it meant to be human in the nineteenth...

Phantasmatic Shakespeare

by Suparna Roychoudhury Cornell University Press (October 15, 2018)

Representations of the mind have a central place in Shakespeare’s artistic imagination, as we see in Bottom struggling to articulate his dream, Macbeth reaching for a dagger that is not there, and Prospero...

The Taming of Evolution

by Davydd Greenwood Cornell University Press (February 15, 2018)

The theory of evolution has clearly altered our views of the biological world, but in the study of human beings, evolutionary and preevolutionary views continue to coexist in a state of perpetual tension. The...

Light without Heat

by David Carroll Simon Cornell University Press (June 15, 2018)

In Light without Heat, David Carroll Simon argues for the importance of carelessness to the literary and scientific experiments of the seventeenth century. While scholars have often looked to this period in...

The Enlightenment of Cadwallader Colden

by John M. Dixon Cornell University Press (March 09, 2016)

Was there a conservative Enlightenment? Could a self-proclaimed man of learning and progressive science also have been an agent of monarchy and reaction? Cadwallader Colden (1688–1776), an educated Scottish...

"The Hour of Eugenics"

by Nancy Leys Stepan Cornell University Press (November 14, 1996)

Eugenics was a term coined in 1883 to name the scientific and social theory which advocated "race improvement" through selective human breeding. In Europe and the United States the eugenics movement found many...

Whose Science? Whose Knowledge?

by Sandra Harding Cornell University Press (December 01, 2016)

Sandra Harding here develops further the themes first addressed in her widely influential book, The Science Question in Feminism, and conducts a compelling analysis of feminist theories on the philosophical...

Geology in the Nineteenth Century

by Mott T. Greene Cornell University Press

In this clear and comprehensive introduction to developments in geological theory during the nineteenth century, Mott T. Greene asserts that the standard accounts of nineteenth-century geology, which dwell on...

Heinrich Kaan’s “Psychopathia Sexualis” (1844)

by Heinrich Kaan, Melissa Haynes & Benjamin Kahan Cornell University Press (September 16, 2016)

"With Heinrich Kaan's book we have then what could be called the date of birth, or in any case the date of the emergence, of sexuality and sexual aberrations in the psychiatric field."?Michel Foucault, Abnormal:...

Samurai to Soldier

by D. Colin Jaundrill Cornell University Press (July 09, 2016)

In Samurai to Soldier, D. Colin Jaundrill rewrites the military history of nineteenth-century Japan. In fifty years spanning the collapse of the Tokugawa shogunate and the rise of the Meiji nation-state, conscripts...

Wonder and Science

by Mary Baine Campbell Cornell University Press (December 10, 2004)

During the early modern period, western Europe was transformed by the proliferation of new worlds—geographic worlds found in the voyages of discovery and conceptual and celestial worlds opened by natural philosophy,...

Fighting for Life

by Walter J. Ong Cornell University Press (February 14, 2013)

"Fighting for Life is a book about contest, the agonia of the Greek arena, and its roots in male life, especially academia. Ong describes this work as an 'excavation' which was prompted by his previous explorations...

What Galileo Saw

by Lawrence Lipking Cornell University Press (October 29, 2014)

The Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century has often been called a decisive turning point in human history. It represents, for good or ill, the birth of modern science and modern ways of viewing the...

Dark Vanishings

by Patrick Brantlinger Cornell University Press

Patrick Brantlinger here examines the commonly held nineteenth-century view that all "primitive" or "savage" races around the world were doomed sooner or later to extinction. Warlike propensities and presumed...