Enlightenment and Emancipation

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Susan Manning, Peter France, Emeritus Professor of French Peter France
Bucknell University Press, 2006 - 233 sider
Enlightenment and Emancipation as separate issues have received much critical attention, but the complicated interaction of these two great shaping forces of modernity has never been scrutinized in depth. The Enlightenment has been represented in radically opposing ways: on the one hand, as the unshackling of the chains of superstition, custom, and usurped authority; on the other hand, in the Romantic period, but also more recently, as what Michel Foucault termed the grate confinement, in which mind-forged manacles imprison the free and irrational spirit. The debate about the Enlightenment project remains a topical one, which can still arouse fierce passions. This collection of essays by distinguished scholars from many disciplines addresses the central question: Was Enlightenment a force for emancipation? Their responses, working from within and across history, political thought and economics, music, literature and aesthetics, art history and film, reveal unsuspected connections and divergences even between well-known figures and texts, in their turn suggesting the need for further inquiry in areas that turn out to be very far from closed. importance emerge and familiar texts are shown to embody strange and unexpected implications. Susan Manning is Grierson Professor of English Literature and Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. Now retired, Peter France is a Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh University.
 

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Innhold

Introduction
9
Condorcet and the Abolition of Slavery in the French Colonies
15
Cest la faute a Voltaire?
30
Paradox Rhetoric and the Enlightenments of Rousseau and Burke
44
Playing to the Crowd in the American and French Revolutions
63
History and the Teleology of Civility in the Scottish Enlightenment
81
Science and Sedition in Spanish America
97
Enlightenment Emancipation and the Queen Consort
118
The Radical and Utopian Politics of Robina Millar and Frances Wright
145
Diderots Salons and the Task of Enlightenment
160
Musical Enlightenment in Revolutionary America
174
Enlightened Texts and Decaying Evidence
193
Truffaut Itard and the Two Faces of Enlightenment
212
Notes on Contributors
225
Index
228
Opphavsrett

Madame Roland Mary Wollstonecraft and Emancipation by the Pen
132

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