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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

"Pithy and wide-ranging. . . . This study provides a fresh new lens through which to reinvestigate the whole of early modern English literature."-- Library Journal <br> <br> In this striking social history, Barbara M. Benedict draws on the texts of the early modern period to discover the era's attitudes toward curiosity, a trait we learn was often depicted as an unsavory form of transgression or cultural ambition.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-311) and index.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • List Of Illustrations
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction: Inspecting And Spectating: Monsters, Rarities, And Investigators
  • Chapter 1 Regulating Curiosity
  • The Discipline of Fraud
  • Curiosity as Second Sight
  • Chapter 2 Consuming Curiosity
  • Monstrous Modernity and Curious Art
  • The Curious Eye
  • Chapter 3 From The Curious To The Curio
  • The Inquiry of Eve
  • Women as Closeted Curiosities
  • Chapter 4 Connoisseurship In The Mental Cabinet
  • Curiosities of Artful Nature
  • Collecting Culture in the Printed Museum
  • Chapter 5 Performing Curiosity
  • The Curios Control of Nature
  • Curiosity as Social Reform
  • Conclusion: Transgression and Ambition
  • Notes
  • Index