Monstrous Dreams of Reason: Body, Self, and Other in the Enlightenment

Laura J. Rosenthal, Co-editor, with Mita Choudhury
Bucknell University Press, 2002

Monstrous Dreams of Reason explores of the most enduring and intriguing paradoxes of the British Enlightenment: how reason gives rise to both the beneficial and the monstrous. This collection of essays explores the conflicts sparked by the extraordinary range of new ideas and material possibilities in the eighteenth-century British Empire, reading the Enlightenment less a set of axioms then as a variety of cultural and ideological formations. The essays explore a wide range of texts to demonstrate how profoundly eighteenth-century formulations of gender, race, class, and sexuality set the terms for debates in the centuries that followed.