Encounters with Wild Children: Temptation and Disappointment in the Study of Human Nature

Adriana S. Benzaquen


Encounters with Wild Children: Temptation and Disappointment in the Study of Human Nature

Encounters with Wild Children: Temptation and Disappointment in the Study of Human Nature

  • Title: Encounters with Wild Children: Temptation and Disappointment in the Study of Human Nature
  • Author: Adriana S. Benzaquen
  • ISBN: 9780773529724
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Hardcover

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Examines the history of the scientific fascination with stories of wild children This book argues that wild children have had a privileged role as objects of knowledge in Western human science, and shows how they have been made inseparable from any attempt to define the human, and to delineate the boundaries between human and non human.


Recent Comments "Encounters with Wild Children: Temptation and Disappointment in the Study of Human Nature"

The best thing about this book is that it's not just another occasion for these children to be exploited and used. The author's voice is sometimes a bit pedantic, sometimes musing, sometimes otherworldly. But her interest in the subject is apparent, and she does a thorough job of analyzing the types of knowledge gained (as well as the many costs) by the intense scrutiny--scientific and popular--these feral children were subjected to. Not only were these children all given their fifteen minutes o [...]

Benzaquen's Encounters With Wild Children is not an introductory text. If you are interested in something less academically rigorous, try Michael Newton's Savage Girls and Wild Boys. However, Benzaquen's academic approach does not mean that she is incapable of telling a riveting narrative. I found the study to be a fine synthesis of the wildly divergent (in style and precision) tales told of these children.


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