Space and Self in Early Modern European Cultures

Edited by David Warren Sabean and Malina Stefanovska

© 2012

The notion of ‘selfhood’ conjures up images of self-sufficiency, integrity, introspectiveness, and autonomy – characteristics typically associated with ‘modernity.’ The seventeenth century marks the crucial transition to a new form of ‘bourgeois’ selfhood, although the concept goes back to the pre-modern and early modern period. A richly interdisciplinary collection, Space and Self integrates perspectives from history, history of literature, and history of art to link the issue of selfhood to the new and vital literature on space.

As Space and Self shows, there have at all times been multiple paths and alternative possibilities for forming identities, marking personhood, and experiencing life as a concrete, singular individual. Positioning self and space as specific and evolving constructs, a diverse group of contributors explore how persons become embodied in particular places or inscribed in concrete space. Space and Self thus sets the terms for current discussion of these topics and provides new approaches to studying their cultural specificity.

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Space and Self thus sets the terms for current discussion of these topics and provides new approaches to studying their cultural specificity.

Space and Self in Early Modern European Cultures

Edited by David Warren Sabean and Malina Stefanovska

© 2012

The notion of ‘selfhood’ conjures up images of self-sufficiency, integrity, introspectiveness, and autonomy – characteristics typically associated with ‘modernity.’ The seventeenth century marks the crucial transition to a new form of ‘bourgeois’ selfhood, although the concept goes back to the pre-modern and early modern period. A richly interdisciplinary collection, Space and Self integrates perspectives from history, history of literature, and history of art to link the issue of selfhood to the new and vital literature on space.

As Space and Self shows, there have at all times been multiple paths and alternative possibilities for forming identities, marking personhood, and experiencing life as a concrete, singular individual. Positioning self and space as specific and evolving constructs, a diverse group of contributors explore how persons become embodied in particular places or inscribed in concrete space. Space and Self thus sets the terms for current discussion of these topics and provides new approaches to studying their cultural specificity.

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Product Details

  • Series: UCLA Clark Memorial Library Series
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 368 pages
  • Illustrations: 21
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.3in x 9.4in
  • Reviews

    ‘Historians are invited to try out and test the fascinating questions raised in this volume…. Scholars will benefit from a range of insights to be gleaned from this rich collection.’


    Giora Sternberg
    The Journal of Modern History vol 87:03:2015
  • Author Information

    David Sabean is the Henry J. Bruman Endowed Professor of German History at the University of California at Los Angeles.



    Malina Stefanovska is a Professor of French and Francophone Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction

    David Warren Sabean and Malina Stefanovska

    PART I  Habitat and Habitus

    1. At the Study: Notes on the Production of the Scholarly Self

    Gadi Algazi

    2. From Pictor Philosophus to Homo Oeconomicus: Renegotiating Social Space in Poussin's Self-Portrait of 1649-50

    David Packwood

    3. The Scholar at Work: Habitus and the Identity of the ‘Learned’ in Eighteenth-Century France

    Anne C. Vila

    4. The Eccentric Center: Selfhood and Sociability at the Heart of England's Culture of Enlightenment Print

    David S. Shields

    5. Theatrical Identities and Political Allegories: Fashioning Subjects through Drama in the Household of Cardinal Richelieu (1635–43)

    Déborah Blocker

    6. Michael Taormina, Noble Selfhood and the Nature Poetry of Saint-Amant

    PART II  Plotting the Body: Trajectories and Projections

    7. Divine Grace, the Humoral Body, and the ‘Inner Self’ in Seventeenth-Century France and England

    Robert Dimit

    8. Nicole and Hobbes: Materiality, Motion, and the Passions

    Erec Koch

    9. Loci Theologici: Authority, the Fall, and the Theology of the Puritan Self

    Frédéric Gabriel

    10. Exile in the Reformation

    Lee Palmer Wandel

    11. Spaces of Dreaming: Self-Constitution in Early Modern Dream Narratives

    Andreas Bähr

    12. Cartography and the Melancholic Self

    Christopher Wild

    13. Ingénieurs du Roy, Ingénieur du Moy: Self and Space in Montaigne and Descartes

    Tom Conley

    PART III  New Dimensions: Interstices and Intensities

    14. A Taste for the Interstitial: Translating Space from Beijing to London in the 1720s

    Robert Batchelor

    15. Sculpted by Dead Marbles: Winckelmann's Outer Selves and the Body without Organs

    Jean-Philippe Antoine

    Contributors

    Index

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