FROM MARGINALITY TO CELEBRITY IN ENLIGHTENMENT ENGLISH CULTURE: THE CASE OF PETER THE WILD BOY

Posted On Jul 18 2014 by

Reports on feral children discovered in several parts ofEuropeattracted high levels of public attention during the eighteenth century. InEngland, the case of Peter the Wild Boy was hotly debated. His discovery in the forests ofHanoverled to the production of numerous pamphlets, sermons, paintings and wax figures. The fascination with the monstrous other also caused intense scientific debates on the topic of human nature, the human mind, or the boundaries between the human and the animal species, often blurring contemporary knowledge of human nature. This paper discusses the cultural context related to the discovery of feral children in Enlightenment England, the …


(MIS)EDUCATING THROUGH THE VICTORIAN SCHOOL

Posted On Oct 17 2011 by

The paper aims at identifying the main characteristics of the educational system in Victorian England with a view to deciphering its effects upon the human being. The 19th century English school will be analyzed as an educational institution whose purpose is that of shaping human minds, but also as a social, political tool intended to inculcate certain beliefs and stereotypical judgements. The markers of the 19th century educational discourse will be illustrated through fragments taken from 19th century English novels, particularly those written by Charles Dickens and the Brontë sisters.