Reviewed in the united states on april 29 2009 in his fairly short yet incredibly dense work cruel delight enlightenment culture and the inhuman james steintrager delves into the intellectual and ethical analysis of the practice of cruelty and its relationship to humanity as perceived by the thinkers of the enlightenment. An important contribution to studies of eighteenth century culture and to literary history and theory and for those with an interest in horror sentimentality the invention of the modern. Library of congress cataloging in publication data steintrager james a 1965 cruel delight enlightenment culture and the inhuman james a steintrager p cm includes bibliographical references and index isbn 0 253 34367 4 alk paper isbn 0 253 21649 4 pbk alk paper 1 cruelty history 18th century 2 enlightenment i . James steintragers cruel delight traces the discursive formations and transformations of the notion of inhumanity through the enlightenment period. Delight enlightenment culture and the inhuman will offer you more than people admire it will guide to know more than the people staring at you
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