Neil Kenny is Professor of French at the University of Oxford. His research mostly focuses on early modern French literature and thought, especially from about 1530 to 1650.
Of particular interest for the project is his well-known book on the history of curiosity:
Curiosity in Early Modern Europe: Word Histories (Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, Wolfenbütteler Forschungen, 1998).
We are specially interested in the methodological approach used in this book: how should one write the “word history” of a certain early modern concept – in our case, “ingenuity”?
More information about Neil Kenny’s work here.