Reading Genesis in the Long Eighteenth Century

Reading Genesis in the Long Eighteenth Century

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Reassessing the long-accepted division between religion and enlightenment, Ana Acosta here traces a tissue of readings and adaptations of Genesis and Scriptural language from Milton through Rousseau to Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley. Acosta's interdisciplinary approach places these writers in the broader context of eighteenth-century political theory, biblical criticism, religious studies and utopianism. Establishing the relationship between biblical criticism and republican utopias, Acosta shows that important utopian visions are better understood against the background of Genesis interpretation.The Whiting Foundation has twice bestowed its generosity upon me: first in the form of a dissertation fellowship at Columbia University and later ... Thanks to Liz Pearce, Melissa Riley-Jones, and Meredith Coeyman for their work with the manuscript. ... Finally, this short sentence could never express all the love and gratitude I have for David, my companion in arms, and for Philip, in making life wonderful.

Title:Reading Genesis in the Long Eighteenth Century
Author: Ana M. Acosta
Publisher:Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. - 2006

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