Curiosity in Eighteenth-Century English Literature (AT)

Eigenmittelfinanziertes Projekt

Details zum Projekt

PD Dr. Simone Broders

Beteiligte FAU-Organisationseinheiten:
Lehrstuhl für Anglistik, insbesondere Literaturwissenschaft

Projektstart: 01.08.2012
Projektende: 31.12.2017


Literatur und Kultur des ‚Langen Achtzehnten Jahrhunderts‘
Lehrstuhl für Anglistik, insbesondere Literaturwissenschaft

Abstract (fachliche Beschreibung):

Samuel Johnson famously called curiosity "the first passion, and the last" -  this study explores diverging concepts of curiosity, taking into account the influences of philosophical aspects of the curiositas debate on British literature, from its origins to contemporary depictions, with an emphasis on eighteenth-century texts.

    A post-Foucauldian history of ideas for the 21st century aims at breaking the illusion of a seemingly fixed, holistic concept of curiosity, striving teleologically from original sin to a celebrated character trait of intellectuals, as Hans Blumenberg described it. Developing an innovative metaphor for Lovejoy's original unit ideas at work, this project traces their variability through time, individual philosophical system, and dogmatisation.


Broders, S. (2016). The Fast and the Curious: The Role of Curiosity in the Gothic Heroine’s “Grand Tour of the Mind”. English Studies, 8(98), 917-930.
Broders, S. (2013). 'A Serpent to Sting You' - The Medical Practitioner Caught Between Curiosity and Monstrosity. Frankenstein, Jekyll, Moreau. In Lembert-Heidenreich Alexandra; Mildorf, Jarmila (Eds.), The writing cure: literature and medicine in context. (pp. 55-76). Münster: Lit.

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