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The Making of the Humanities

Volume II: From Early Modern to Modern Disciplines

Edited by Rens Bod, Jaap Maat, and Thijs Weststeijn

The Making of the Humanities

Edited by Rens Bod, Jaap Maat, and Thijs Weststeijn

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

432 pages | 21 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $75.00 ISBN: 9789089644558 Published March 2013 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada
While it is clear that around 1800 the humanities as a discipline rose to prominence, it is less clear what the exact nature of this shift in academia was. Was it a sudden revolution caused by a momentary but powerful change in the zeitgeist or the turning point of a much longer process? In this volume, the editors have selected a series of essays that look at the origins of the humanities and find that long before 1800 the concept of the humanities was already at the fore. The shift around 1800 was thus mostly institutional, not theoretical. The Making of the Humanities traces this new finding through a broad range of disciplines including literary theory, linguistics, art history, and musicology.

Introduction: The Dawn of the Modern Humanities
      Rens Bod

1. Linguistics and Philology
The Rise of Philology: The Comparative Method, the Historicist Turn and the Surreptitious Influence of Giambattista Vico
      Joep Leerssen
Linguistics ‘ante litteram’: Compiling and Transmitting Views on the Diversity and Kinship of Languages before the Nineteenth Century
      Toon Van Hal
The Rise of the General Linguistics as an Academic Discipline: Georg von der Gabelentz as a Co-Founder
      Els Elffers
II. The Humanities and the Sciences
The Mutual Making of Sciences and Humanities: Willebrord Snellius, Jacob Golius, and the Early Modern Entanglement of Mathematics and Philology
      Fokko Jan Dijksterhuis
A ‘Human’ Science: Hawkins’s Science of Music
     Maria Semi
Bopp the Builder, Discipline Formation as Hybridization: The Case of Comparative Linguistics
      Bart Karstens
III. Writing History and Intellectual History
Nineteenth-Century Historicism and Its Predecessors: Historical Experience, Historical Ontology and Historical Method
      Jacques Bos
Fact and Fancy in Nineteenth-Century Historiography and Fiction: The Case of Macaulay and Roidis
      Foteini Lika
The Humanities as the Stronghold of Freedom: John Milton’s Areopagitica and John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty
      Hilary Gatti
IV. The Impact of the East
The Impact on the European Humanities of Early Reports from Catholic Missionaries form China, Tibet and Japan between 1600 and 1700
      Gerhard F. Strasser
The Middle Kingdom in the Low Countries: Sinology in the Seventeenth-Century Netherlands
      Thijs Wetsteijn
The Oriental Origins of Orientalism: The Case of Dimitrie Cantemir
      Michiel Leezenberg
V. Artworks and Texts
The Role of Emotions in the Development of Artistic Theory and the System of Literary Genres
      Mats Malm
Philology and the History of Art
      Adi Efal
VI. Literature and Rhetoric
Bourgeois versus Aristocratic Models of Scholarship: Medieval Studies at the Académie des Incriptions, 1701–1751
      Alicia C. Montoya
Ancients, Moderns and the Gothic in Eighteenth-Century Historiography
      Neus Rotger
The Afterlife of Rhetoric in Hobbes, Vico and Nietzsche
      David L. Marshall
VII. Academic Communities
The Documents of Feith: The Centralization of the Archive in Nineteenth-Century Historiography
      Pieter Huistra
Humboldt in Copenhagen: Discipline Formation in the Humanities at the University of Copenhagen in the Nineteenth Century
      Claus Møller Jørgensen
The Scholarly Self: Ideals of Intellectual Virtue in Nineteenth-Century Leiden
      Herman Paul

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“Few collections of conference proceedings rival the erudite scope of this second installment of a three-part project . . . Originating from a gathering of predominantly European specialists in linguistics, history, mathematics, science, musicology, literature, and other disciplines, the essayists embrace broad topics and those more narrowly defined. Tracing the development of theories, some to their origins in the 17th century, each selection offers innovative perspectives about the precursors of prevailing intellectual movements in the 19th century . . . This volume and its companions will prove indispensable to understanding the intricate processes that resulted in forming the modern study of the humanities. . . . Highly recommended.”
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