Curiosity: A Cultural History of Early Modern Inquiry

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University of Chicago Press, Mar 15, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 296 pages
In this striking social history, Barbara M. Benedict draws on the texts of the early modern period to discover the era's attitudes toward curiosity, a trait we learn was often depicted as an unsavory form of transgression or cultural ambition.

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Although curiosity is generally considered a virtue in Western culture, in early modern England (1660-1820) a curious person was thought to harbor social ambitions or threaten the very order of nature ... Read full review

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Barbara M. Benedict is a professor and chair of English at Trinity College, Connecticut. She is the author of Making the Modern Reader and Framing Feeling.

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