Breeding: A Partial History of the Eighteenth Century

1 customer review
ISBN-13: 978-0231138789
ISBN-10: 0231138784
Why is ISBN important?
ISBN
This bar-code number lets you verify that you're getting exactly the right version or edition of a book. The 13-digit and 10-digit formats both work.
Scan an ISBN with your phone
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Buy used
$31.56
Buy new
$55.00
More Buying Choices
16 New from $26.54 10 Used from $24.95
Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


InterDesign Brand Store Awareness Textbooks
$55.00 FREE Shipping. Only 2 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Editorial Reviews

Review

A stimulating and clarifying guide to a complicated and important subject, as well as a fresh perspective on eighteenth-century Britain.

(Patricia Meyer Spacks Journal of British Studies 1900-01-00)

required reading for students and scholars of eighteenth-century literature and aesthetics

(English Studies 1900-01-00)

Review

Breeding: A Partial History of the Eighteenth Century is one of the most compelling examples of the importance of literary studies I've come across in ages. An original and valuable contribution that will engage readers from a variety of fields.

(Helen Deutsch, University of California, Los Angeles)|

Jenny Davidson's new book reopens the rich tradition of debate on the relation between nature and culture in the long eighteenth century. It is hard to know what to praise most: Davidson's deep learning (worn lightly), the effervescent clarity of her presentation, or the generosity with which she lets us listen to a host of voices—some familiar, many not—that speak to a question that has lost none of its disturbing force today.

(Ian Duncan, University of California, Berkeley)
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE


Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press (December 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0231138784
  • ISBN-13: 978-0231138789
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,896,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Jenny Davidson is the author of four novels and two nonfiction books about eighteenth-century British literature. She has an insatiable lifelong appetite for novels and a more recent obsession with endurance sport; she is currently training for Ironman Wisconsin. She lives in New York City, where she teaches in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. Her next book, Notes on Style: A Life in Sentences, will be published by Columbia University Press in 2014.

Customer Reviews

5 star
100%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jay C. Smith on May 26, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Breeding: A Partial History of the Eighteenth Century
Breeding is a scholarly study of ideas about nature versus nurture, focusing chiefly on eighteenth-century Britain and drawing primarily on literary sources. Persons with more than a passing interest in these matters, even non-academics, are likely to find it well worth reading. Jenny Davidson, a professor of comparative literature at Columbia who is also a published novelist (for both adults and teens), claims that she wants "to keep all the intensity and precision of academic writing, and the virtues of specialization, but to make what I write at least potentially open to readers in other disciplines, or in other walks of life." She succeeds. Breeding is both discerning and mostly free of literary studies jargon.

In the eighteenth century the word "breeding" connoted both bloodlines and upbringing, and Davidson observes that it continues to be charged with this tension between nature (a porous term that can take on many meanings) and nurture. In the 1700s "environmental" causes such as weather or nutrition were often invoked to explain human nature, health, and behavior. While it was recognized that children might look like their parents, it was not until the 1740s (in France) that a strong theory of bi-parental heredity emerged, and it remained controversial. By the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth-century period inheritance of moral or mental qualities as well as physical traits had become a topic of dispute, but we should remember that heredity was not understood very well at all until Mendel's studies became more broadly known in the early twentieth century.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Breeding: A Partial History of the Eighteenth Century
This item: Breeding: A Partial History of the Eighteenth Century
Price: $55.00
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com