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Wild Children: Establishing the Boundaries of Nature and Science

in The Wild Girl, Natural Man, and the Monster: Dangerous Experiments in the Age of Enlightenment

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226160559
eISBN:
9780226160573
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226160573.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

Accounts of wild children exemplify the great variety of conceptual devices that eighteenth-century Europe had for talking about savagery and civilization. These devices range from pseudoscientific ... More


The Wild Child: Politics and Ethics of the Name

Kalpana Rahita Seshadri

in HumAnimal: Race, Law, Language

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816677887
eISBN:
9781452948249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816677887.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter focuses on the feral or wild child, as Jacques Derrida’s ethical injunction to a certain silence in the context of hospitality in relation to an extreme figure outside the law. It ... More


Post-Modern Wild Children, Falling Towers, and the Counter-Linguistic Turn

James Berger

in The Disarticulate: Language, Disability, and the Narratives of Modernity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814708460
eISBN:
9780814708330
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814708460.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter expands the discussion on the problematics of the critique of a totalizing modern social-symbolic order by turning to the novels of Paul Auster, Jerzi Kosinski, and Don DeLillo. Their ... More


The Wild Girl, Natural Man, and the Monster: Dangerous Experiments in the Age of Enlightenment

Julia V. Douthwaite

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226160559
eISBN:
9780226160573
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226160573.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This study looks at the lives of the most famous “wild children” of eighteenth-century Europe, showing how they open a window onto European ideas about the potential and perfectibility of mankind. ... More


The Disarticulate: Language, Disability, and the Narratives of Modernity

James Berger

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814708460
eISBN:
9780814708330
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814708460.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Language is integral to our social being. But what is the status of those who stand outside of language? The mentally disabled, “wild” children, people with autism and other neurological disorders, ... More


The Melodramatic Imagination

Philip Watts, Dudley Andrew, Yves Citton, Vincent Debaene, and Sam Di Iorio

in Roland Barthes' Cinema

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2016
ISBN:
9780190277543
eISBN:
9780190277574
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190277543.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies, Criticism/Theory

In order to understand what is at stake with The Brontë Sisters, and with Barthes’ participation in it, we need to take a step back and recontextualize the film, its project, and the tone it adopts ... More


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