Enlightenment, Romanticism, and the Blind in France

Enlightenment, Romanticism, and the Blind in France

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Paulson examines literary, philosophical, and pedagogical writing on blindness in France from the Enlightenment, when philosophical speculation and surgical cures for cataracts demystified the difference between the blind and the sighted, to the nineteenth century, when the literary figure of the blind bard or seer linked blindness with genius, madness, and narrative art. A major theme of the book is the effect of blindness on the use of language and sign systems: the philosophes were concerned at first with understanding the doctrine of innate ideas, rather than with understanding blindness as such. Originally published in 1987. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.A brief comparison of these ideas to those of Freud, elaborated in the Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality, will ... Freud argued that our first choices of love objects are made in earliest childhood and that these choices form models foranbsp;...

Title:Enlightenment, Romanticism, and the Blind in France
Author:William R. Paulson
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 2014-07-14


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