Isolated cases : the anxieties of autonomy in enlightenment philosophy and romantic literature / Nancy Yousef.
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- ISBN: 9781501711381
- ISBN: 1501711385
- Physical Description: 1 online resource (xi, 253 pages)
- Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2004.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:|| Includes bibliographical references (pages 198-244) and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:|| Locke's loneliness -- Rousseau's autonomous beast: natural man as imaginary animal -- Natural man in the wild: The feral child as philosophical subject -- "Unfathered vapour": The imagination of origins in The prelude -- Fantastic form: Frankenstein and philosophy -- Mill alone.
|Review:|| "In her interdisciplinary book, Nancy Yousef addresses the emergence of autonomy, demonstrating that the ideal was beset from its beginnings by profound concerns over the possibilities and grounds of human relations and interdependence. Isolated Cases draws attention to the strain of intersubjective anxieties and longings hidden within representations of the individual as self-sufficient and self-defining. Among the writers and thinkers Yousef treats at length are John Locke, John Stuart Mill, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Mary Shelley, and William Wordsworth."--Jacket.
|Source of Description Note:|| Print version record.