By Joyce E. Chaplin, Darrin M. McMahon (eds.)

Genius as a old thought, instead of as a presumed trans-historical truth, is unusually underexamined, while hundreds of thousands of day-by-day judgements own, institutional, and governmental are made in line with unexamined assumptions approximately it. The essays during this e-book express that the origins and makes use of of techniques of genius warrant cautious examination.

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The few writers, musicians, or even painters who were appointed there might occasionally be granted a visit, but would rarely be accepted in court society. One century later, high ranking creators were often admitted within high society, as testified by dictionaries and annuals. The 1908 edition of Qui êtes-vous? 33 The introduction of artists into salons is a development of the nineteenth century: belonging to this category was enough to grant some prestige, allowing entry into the new elite. The criteria for inclusion in high society changed in a few generations, so that it eventually accepted not only new categories but also the very one that, since romanticism, was supposed to ignore, or even to subvert, the established order.

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Chaplin, “Creoles in British America: From Denial to Acceptance,” in Creolization: History, Ethnography, Theory, ed. Charles Stewart (Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press, 2007), 46–65. 13. A. J. Leo Lemay, The Life of Benjamin Franklin, vol. III: Soldier, Scientist, and Politician, 1748–1757 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), 96–101 (on the The Problem of Genius in the Age of Slavery 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22 . 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32 . 33. 27 multiple submissions to the Royal Society); Preface by John Fothergill, in Benjamin Franklin, Experiments and Observations on Electricity: Made at Philadelphia in America, by Mr.

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