The notion of 'selfhood' conjures up images of self-sufficiency, integrity, introspectiveness, and autonomy - characteristics typically associated with 'modernity.' The seventeenth century marks the crucial transition to a new form of 'bourgeois' selfhood, although the concept goes back to the pre-modern and early modern period. A richly interdisciplinary collection, Space and Self integrates perspectives from history, history of literature, and history of art to link the issue of selfhood to the new and vital literature on space. As Space and Self shows, there have at all times been multiple paths and alternative possibilities for forming identities, marking personhood, and experiencing life as a concrete, singular individual. Positioning self and space as specific and evolving constructs, a diverse group of contributors explore how persons become embodied in particular places or inscribed in concrete space. Space and Self thus sets the terms for current discussion of these topics and provides new approaches to studying their cultural specificity.
David Sabean is the Henry J. Bruman Endowed Professor of German History at the University of California at Los Angeles. Malina Stefanovska is a professor in and chair of the Department of French and Francophone Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles.
List of Illustrations Acknowledgments Introduction David Warren Sabean and Malina Stefanovska PART I Habitat and Habitus 1. At the Study: Notes on the Production of the Scholarly Self Gadi Algazi 2. From Pictor Philosophus to Homo Oeconomicus: Renegotiating Social Space in Poussin's Self-Portrait of 1649-50 David Packwood 3. The Scholar at Work: Habitus and the Identity of the 'Learned' in Eighteenth-Century France Anne C. Vila 4. The Eccentric Center: Selfhood and Sociability at the Heart of England's Culture of Enlightenment Print David S. Shields 5. Theatrical Identities and Political Allegories: Fashioning Subjects through Drama in the Household of Cardinal Richelieu (1635-43) Deborah Blocker 6. Michael Taormina, Noble Selfhood and the Nature Poetry of Saint-Amant PART II Plotting the Body: Trajectories and Projections 7. Divine Grace, the Humoral Body, and the 'Inner Self' in Seventeenth-Century France and England Robert Dimit 8. Nicole and Hobbes: Materiality, Motion, and the Passions Erec Koch 9. Loci Theologici: Authority, the Fall, and the Theology of the Puritan Self Frederic Gabriel 10. Exile in the Reformation Lee Palmer Wandel 11. Spaces of Dreaming: Self-Constitution in Early Modern Dream Narratives Andreas Bahr 12. Cartography and the Melancholic Self Christopher Wild 13. Ingenieurs du Roy, Ingenieur du Moy: Self and Space in Montaigne and Descartes Tom Conley PART III New Dimensions: Interstices and Intensities 14. A Taste for the Interstitial: Translating Space from Beijing to London in the 1720s Robert Batchelor 15. Sculpted by Dead Marbles: Winckelmann's Outer Selves and the Body without Organs Jean-Philippe Antoine Contributors Index