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Genius in France: An Idea and Its Uses


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"This engaging book spans three centuries to provide the first full account of the long and diverse history of genius in France. Exploring a wide range of examples from literature, philosophy, and history, as well as medicine, psychology, and journalism, Ann Jefferson examines the ways in which the idea of genius has been ceaselessly reflected on and redefined through its uses in these different contexts. She traces its varying fortunes through the madness and imposture with which genius is often associated, and through the ...

Genius in France: An Idea and Its Uses 2014, Princeton University Press, New Jersey

ISBN-13: 9780691160658