The Wild Girl, Natural Man, and the Monster: Dangerous Experiments in the Age of Enlightenment

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Explores Enlightenment optimism about the perfectibility of mankind by looking at efforts to educate and "civilize" children. Chapters consider reactions to so-called "wild children"; utopian pedagogical schemes (including efforts to apply Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Emile, with disastrous results); and the politics of perfectibility during the French Revolution.

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Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002.

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08/01/2017

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Douthwaite, Julia V. , “The Wild Girl, Natural Man, and the Monster: Dangerous Experiments in the Age of Enlightenment,” Legacies of the Enlightenment, accessed June 25, 2024, https://enlightenmentlegacies.org/items/show/78.