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The Post-Revolutionary Self

Politics and Psyche in France, 1750–1850

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$31.50 • £25.95 • €28.50

ISBN 9780674027695

Publication Date: 03/31/2008


430 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

6 halftones


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  • List of Illustrations*
  • Preface
  • Introduction: Psychological Interiority versus Self-Talk
  • I. The Problem for Which Psychology Furnished a Solution
    • 1. The Perils of Imagination at the End of the Old Regime
    • 2. The Revolutionary Schooling of Imagination
  • II. The Politics of Selfhood
    • 3. Is There a Self in This Mental Apparatus?
    • 4. An A Priori Self for the Bourgeois Male: Victor Cousin’s Project
    • 5. Cousinian Hegemony
    • 6. Religious and Secular Access to the Vie Intérieure: Renan at the Crossroads
    • 7. A Palpable Self for the Socially Marginal: The Phrenological Alternative
  • Epilogue
  • Notes
  • Note on Sources
  • Index
  • * Illustrations
    • 1. Dutch broadside of 1720 satirizing the role of imagination
    • 2. Handbill advertising a private course in sensationalist psychology
    • 3. Diagram of the psyche by the young Sieyès
    • 4. Victor Cousin, photographed by Gustave Le Gray
    • 5. “The Interior of the Holy Virgin,” etching by Le Brun
    • 6. “Le Cranioscope-Phrénologistocope,” 1836 cartoon by Daumier

Awards & Accolades

  • 2005 David H. Pinkney Prize, Society for French Historical Studies
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