A collection of essays - including 3 that have never been published before - by one of the leading figures in cultural history. Professor Jordanova examines and reinterprets the writings of eighteenth-century thinkers and, in the process, sheds light on contemporary views on issues such as motherhood, sexuality, the body, art and medicine. The volume includes some of the author's most controversial and pioneering work, all the pieces have been revised in the light of the latest historiography and much of the material is published here for the first time.
1. Cultural Effort: An Introductory Essay. Part One Natural Polarities. 2. Feminine Figures - Nature Display'd. 3. Nature's Powers: A Reading of the Distinction Between Creation and Production. 4. Melancholy Reflection: Constructing an Identity for Unveilers of Nature. 5. The Authoritarian Response: The French Revolution and the Enlightenment. Part Two Body Management. 6. The Popularization of Medicine: Tissot on Onanism. 7. Medical Mediations: Mind, Body and the Guillotine. 8. Guarding the Body Politic: Volney's Catechism of 1793. 9. Policing Public Health in France 1780-1815. Part Three Family Values. 10. Naturalizing the Family : Literature and the Bio-medical Sciences of the Late Eighteenth Century. 11. Gender, Generation and Science: William Hunter's Obstetric Atlas. 12. Cultures of Kinship. Footnotes. Bibliography. Index.