The making of the humanities. Volume II, From early modern to modern disciplines / edited by Rens Bod, Jaap Maat and Thijs Weststeijn. [electronic resource]

Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, 2012.
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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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Dawn of the Modern Humanities / Bod, Rens
I. Linguistics and Philology
The Rise of Philology. The Comparative Method, the Historicist Turn and the Surreptitious Influence of Giambattista Vico / Leerssen, Joep
Linguistics 'ante litteram'. Compiling and Transmitting Views on the Diversity and Kinship of Languages before the Nineteenth Century / Hal, Toon Van
The Rise of General Linguistics as an Academic Discipline. Georg von der Gabelentz as a Co-Founder / Elffers, Els
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 / Dijksterhuis, Fokko Jan
A 'Human' Science: Hawkins's Science of Music / Semi, Maria
Bopp the Builder. Discipline Formation as Hybridization: The Case of Comparative Linguistics / Karstens, Bart
III. Writing History and Intellectual History
Nineteenth-Century Historicism and Its Predecessors: Historical Experience, Historical Ontology and Historical Method / Bos, Jacques
Fact and Fancy in Nineteenth-Century Historiography and Fiction: Th e Case of Macaulay and Roidis / Lika, Foteini
The Humanities as the Stronghold of Freedom: John Milton's Areopagitica and John Stuart Mill's On Liberty / Gatti, Hilary
IV. The Impact of the East
The Impact on the European Humanities of Early Reports from Catholic Missionaries from China, Tibet and Japan between 1600 and 1700 / Strasser, Gerhard F.
The Middle Kingdom in the Low Countries: Sinology in the Seventeenth- Century Netherlands / Weststeijn, Thijs
The Oriental Origins of Orientalism: The Case of Dimitrie Cantemir / Leezenberg, Michiel
V. Artworks and Texts
The Role of Emotions in the Development of Artistic Theory and the System of Literary Genres / Malm, Mats
Philology and the History of Art / Efal, Adi
VI. Literature and Rhetoric
Bourgeois versus Aristocratic Models of Scholarship: Medieval Studies at the Académie des Inscriptions, 1701-1751 / Montoya, Alicia C.
Ancients, Moderns and the Gothic in Eighteenth-Century Historiography / Rotger, Neus
The Afterlife of Rhetoric in Hobbes, Vico and Nietzsche / Marshall, David L.
VII. Academic Communities
The Documents of Feith: The Centralization of the Archive in Nineteenth- Century Historiography / Huistra, Pieter
Humboldt in Copenhagen: Discipline Formation in the Humanities at the University of Copenhagen in the Nineteenth Century / Jørgensen, Claus Møller
The Scholarly Self: Ideals of Intellectual Virtue in Nineteenth-Century Leiden / Paul, Herman
List of Figures
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Bod, Rens, 1965- editor.
Maat, Jaap, editor.
Weststeijn, Thijs, editor.
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10.1515/9789048517336 doi
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