- Hardcover: 392 pages
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press; 1 edition (June 8, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1421416883
- ISBN-13: 978-1421416885
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,696,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Metaphors of Mind: An Eighteenth-Century Dictionary 1st Edition
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"While the book is not meant to be read as a monograph but as a dictionary, many well-versed readers will be tempted to do so anyway, so rich and lush are both language and litany."(American Reference Books Annual)
"Metaphors of Mind is a genuinely significant book. An exciting and stimulating read, it promises to precipitate and augment important conversations both in eighteenth-century literary studies and in the field of digital humanities more broadly."(Jenny Davidson, Columbia University, author of Reading Style: A Life in Sentences)
"Pasanek has produced a kind of distant-reading-by-hand, combining scale and literary sensitivity by dint of hard, thoughtful work. Many scholars use search technology, but few have done it as self-consciously as Pasanek. Metaphors of Mind will be important both because of its concrete historical contributions, and because it theorizes a hermeneutic process that humanists already use unreflectively."(Ted Underwood, University of Illinois, author of Why Literary Periods Mattered)
"Metaphors of Mind is one of the truly major works of literary historical scholarship of the early 21st century. Not only is the book brilliantly conceived, groundbreaking, and significant, but it is also on the cutting edge of the digital technologies that scholars are so rapidly embracing. Pasanek’s book is a work of profoundly engaging erudition, performing all the functions of investigation and criticism apparently effortlessly. The manuscript is beautifully written, extremely lucid and free of jargon, and downright funny."(Blakey Vermeule, Stanford University, author of Why Do We Care about Literary Characters)
"Metaphors of Mind is one of the most compelling blends of traditional literary critical methods and the new digital humanities/data mining projects that literary studies has seen to date. With welcome clarity and disarming humor, Pasanek provides an eye-opening survey, peppered with vivid examples, of the countless ways in which eighteenth-century Anglo-American culture imagined perception and personal identity. I feel confident predicting that in the years to come Metaphors of Mind will be frequently cited, quarried, and emulated by historians, psychologists, philosophers, as well as literary critics."(Deidre Lynch, Harvard University, author of Loving Literature: A Cultural History)
"Self-avowedly experimental, this book both transforms the form of the scholarly monograph and provides its best defense, all in the most understated – almost surreptitious – way. Pasanek's Metaphors of Mind constitutes a major intervention in eighteenth-century studies, but it is crucial reading in the field of media studies as well."(Laura Mandell, Texas A&M University, author of Breaking the Book: Print Humanities in the Digital Age)
"... the database behind the book lets one investigate the verb, instance by instance. The book itself provides a bird’s eye view of its large terrain, and the reader can easily settle on specific images to investigate in the hundred pages of detailed endnotes."(Modern Philology)
"... Metaphors of Mind belongs on the shelf of every student of eighteenth-century literature and culture, those interested in the history of cognition, and scholars working in and through novel approaches to history. No doubt we will be discussing this work for some time."(Eighteenth-Century Fiction)
About the Author
Brad Pasanek is an assistant professor of English at the University of Virginia. He is the coeditor of Beyond Liquidity: The Metaphor of Money in Financial Crisis.