Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Genius in France – An Idea and Its Uses - Princeton Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Genius in France: An Idea and Its Uses

Ann Jefferson


This book spans three centuries to provide the first full account of the long and diverse history of genius in France. Exploring a wide range of examples from literature, philosophy, and history, as well as medicine, psychology, and journalism, the book examines the ways in which the idea of genius has been ceaselessly reflected on and redefined through its uses in these different contexts. The book traces its varying fortunes through the madness and imposture with which genius is often associated, and through the observations of those who determine its presence in others. The book considers t ... More

Keywords: genius, Romantic poets, failed genius, collective genius, national genius, female genius, Sartre, Barthes, Derrida, Kristeva

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780691160658
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691160658.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ann Jefferson, author
University of Oxford

Show Summary Details

subscribe or login to access all content.