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On being heard: a case for paying attention to the historical ear.
  • S. Rosenfeld
  • Art, Medicine
  • The American historical review
  • 1 April 2011
WRITING IN 1612, THE English anatomist Helkiah Crooke offered his readers a complex, if unoriginal, account of human hearing as a function of the ear and the brain. Sound, he explained, is producedExpand
Before Democracy: The Production and Uses of Common Sense
  • S. Rosenfeld
  • Sociology
  • The Journal of Modern History
  • 1 March 2008
Many of the factors that shaped modern political life remain obscure to us. Some of these factors are now imperceptible because they were private, illegal, off-limits, or socially marginal. OthersExpand
Eating the Enlightenment: Food and the Sciences in Paris, 1670–1760. By E. C. Spary.Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2012. Pp. xii+366. $45.00 (cloth); $7.00–$36.00 (e-book).
Over 40 years ago, Robert Darnton proposed to evaluate the Enlightenment from its authors’ perspectives. After all, he observed, they were ‘men of flesh and blood, who wanted to fill their bellies,Expand
Common Sense: A Political History
Common sense has always been a cornerstone of American politics. In 1776, Tom Paine's vital pamphlet with that title sparked the American Revolution. And today, common sense--the wisdom of ordinaryExpand
A Revolution in Language: The Problem of Signs in Late Eighteenth-Century France
Introduction i. The Gestural Origins of Semiosis and Society: An Enlightenment Solution, 1745-60 2. Pantomime as Theater, 1760-89 3. Pantomime as Pedagogy, 1760-89 4. Revolutionary Regeneration andExpand
The Political Uses of Sign Language: The Case of the French Revolution
The story of the Abbé de l’Epée’s “methodical signs” is best known as a key moment in Deaf history. However, at the time of the French Revolution this story served a larger political function. TheExpand
Citizens of Nowhere in Particular: Cosmopolitanism, Writing, and Political Engagement in Eighteenth-Century Europe
This article explores the connection in the late eighteenth century between the invention of citizenship and the obfuscation of local, corporate or national identity under the guise ofExpand