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
required reading for students and scholars of eighteenth-century literature and aesthetics
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 voicessome familiar, many notthat speak to a question that has lost none of its disturbing force today.
(Ian Duncan, University of California, Berkeley)
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