Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History

Genealogies of Genius

Editors: Chaplin, Joyce E., McMahon, Darrin M. (Eds.)

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  • Includes some of the leading intellectual and cultural historians internationally, including Janet Browne, Lennard Davis, and David Bates
  • Lays out a template for studying genius, an enormously influential idea that has somehow eluded much historical study
  • Examines genius in a marvelous array of historical contexts, from Bolshevik Russia to Victorian England to the transatlantic slave trade
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The essays in this volume seek to examine the uses to which concepts of genius have been put in different cultures and times. Collectively, they are designed to make two new statements. First, seen in historical and comparative perspective, genius is not a natural fact and universal human constant that has been only recently identified by modern science, but instead a categorical mode of assessing human ability and merit. Second, as a concept with specific definitions and resonances, genius has performed specific cultural work within each of the societies in which it had a historical presence.

About the authors

Joyce E. Chaplin is the James Duncan Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University, USA. She is the author of The First Scientific American: Benjamin Franklin and the Pursuit of Genius and co-author of The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus.

Darrin M. McMahon is the Mary Brinsmead Wheelock Professor of History at Dartmouth College, USA. He is the author of Divine Fury: A History of Genius; Happiness: A History, and the co-editor of Rethinking Modern European Intellectual History.

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Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-10

    Chaplin, Joyce E. (et al.)

  • The Problem of Genius in the Age of Slavery

    Pages 11-28

    Chaplin, Joyce E.

  • Genius versus Democracy: Excellence and Singularity in Postrevolutionary France

    Pages 29-41

    Heinich, Nathalie

  • Equality, Inequality, and Difference: Genius as Problem and Possibility in American Political/Scientific Discourse

    Pages 43-62

    Carson, John

  • Genius and Obsession: Do You Have to Be Mad to Be Smart?

    Pages 63-75

    Davis, Lennard J.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Genealogies of Genius
Editors
  • Joyce E. Chaplin
  • Darrin M. McMahon
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Cultural and Intellectual History
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-49767-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137497673
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49765-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-49764-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 191
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