Genealogies of Genius

  • Editors
  • Joyce E. Chaplin
  • Darrin M. McMahon

About this book


The essays in this volume seek to examine the uses to which concepts of genius have been put in different cultures and times. Collectively, they are designed to make two new statements. First, seen in historical and comparative perspective, genius is not a natural fact and universal human constant that has been only recently identified by modern science, but instead a categorical mode of assessing human ability and merit. Second, as a concept with specific definitions and resonances, genius has performed specific cultural work within each of the societies in which it had a historical presence.


20th century Austria automation concept essay France German Germany history idea inquiry modern history revolution twentieth century Victorian era

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-49764-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-49767-3
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