“Morbid curiosity”: The Decline and Fall of the Popular Anatomical Museum
Curiosity and Cure: Peter Parker’s patients, Lam Qua’s portraits
Curiosities Encountered: James Wilson and Provincial Cartography in the United States, 1790-1840
Not Written in Black and White: American National Identity and the Curious Color Transformation of Henry Moss
The Springfield Somnambulist: Or, the End of the Enlightenment in America
Overcoming Nausea: The Brothers Hesselius and the American Mystery
Curiosity Did/Did Not Kill the Cat: The Controversy Continues
The Old Curiosity Shop and the New Antique Store: A Note on the Vanishing Curio in New York City
“That great natural curiosity”: The Old Man of the Mountain as Lusus Naturae
Natural Curiosity: Curious Nature in Early America
Curious and Curiouser: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Anna Leonowens, and The King and I
How I Met and Dated Miss Emily Dickinson: An Adventure on eBay
Excerpts From “Kingdom”
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