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Literary and Scientific Cultures of Early Modernity: Literary and Scientific Cultures of Early Modernity


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Anamorphosis in Early Modern Literature: Mediation and Affect

Anamorphosis in Early Modern Literature: Mediation and Affect

1st Edition

Jen E. Boyle
November 30, 2016

Anamorphosis in Early Modern Literature explores the prevalence of anamorphic perspective in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in England. Jen Boyle investigates how anamorphic media flourished in early modern England as an interactive technology and mode of affect in public interactive...

The Automaton in English Renaissance Literature

The Automaton in English Renaissance Literature

1st Edition

Wendy Beth Hyman
November 15, 2016

The Automaton in English Renaissance Literature features original essays exploring the automaton-from animated statue to anthropomorphized machine-in the poetry, prose, and drama of England in the 16th and 17th centuries. Addressing the history and significance of the living machine in early...

Science, Literature and Rhetoric in Early Modern England

Science, Literature and Rhetoric in Early Modern England

1st Edition

David Burchell, Juliet Cummins
November 15, 2016

These essays throw new light on the complex relations between science, literature and rhetoric as avenues to discovery in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds examine the agency of early modern poets, playwrights, essayists, philosophers,...

Staging Anatomies: Dissection and Spectacle in Early Stuart Tragedy

Staging Anatomies: Dissection and Spectacle in Early Stuart Tragedy

1st Edition

Hillary M. Nunn
November 11, 2016

Hillary M. Nunn here traces the connections between the London public's interest in medical dissection and the changing cultural significance of bloodshed on the early Stuart playhouse stage. Considering the playhouses' role within the social world of early modern London, Nunn explores the...

Milton's Secrecy: And Philosophical Hermeneutics

Milton's Secrecy: And Philosophical Hermeneutics

1st Edition

James Dougal Fleming
November 11, 2016

Scientific modernity treats interpretation as a matter of discovery. Discovery, however, may not be all that matters about interpretation. In Milton's Secrecy, J. D. Fleming argues that the poetry and prose of John Milton (1608-1674) are about the presentation of a radically different hermeneutic...

Of Books and Botany in Early Modern England: Sixteenth-Century Plants and Print Culture

Of Books and Botany in Early Modern England: Sixteenth-Century Plants and Print Culture

1st Edition

Leah Knight
October 26, 2016

Contemplating the textual gardens, poetic garlands, and epigrammatic groves which dot the landscape of early modern English print, Leah Knight exposes and analyzes the close configuration of plants and writing in the period. She argues that the early modern cultures and cultivation of plants and...

Biblical Scholarship, Science and Politics in Early Modern England: Thomas Browne and the Thorny Place of Knowledge

Biblical Scholarship, Science and Politics in Early Modern England: Thomas Browne and the Thorny Place of Knowledge

1st Edition

Kevin Killeen
October 19, 2016

Kevin Killeen addresses one of the most enigmatic of seventeenth century writers, Thomas Browne (1605-1682), whose voracious intellectual pursuits provide an unparalleled insight into how early modern scholarly culture understood the relations between its disciplines. Browne's work encompasses...

Poetry and Ecology in the Age of Milton and Marvell

Poetry and Ecology in the Age of Milton and Marvell

1st Edition

Diane Kelsey McColley
October 14, 2016

The focus of this study is the perception of nature in the language of poetry and the languages of natural philosophy, technology, theology, and global exploration, primarily in seventeenth-century England. Its premise is that language and the perception of nature vitally affect each other and that...

Medical Authority and Englishwomen's Herbal Texts, 1550–1650

Medical Authority and Englishwomen's Herbal Texts, 1550–1650

1st Edition

Rebecca Laroche
September 09, 2016

The first study to analyze print vernacular folio herbals from the standpoint of gender and to present original findings to do with early modern women's ownership of these herbals, Medical Authority and Englishwomen's Herbal Texts also looks at reasons and contexts behind early modern female...

Disease, Diagnosis, and Cure on the Early Modern Stage

Disease, Diagnosis, and Cure on the Early Modern Stage

1st Edition

Stephanie Moss, Kaara L. Peterson
August 26, 2016

This collection of essays makes an important contribution to scholarship by examining how the myths and practices of medical knowledge were interwoven into popular entertainment on the early modern stage. Rather than treating medicine, the theater, and literary texts separately, the contributors...

Robert Burton and the Transformative Powers of Melancholy

Robert Burton and the Transformative Powers of Melancholy

1st Edition

Stephanie Shirilan
March 18, 2016

Few English books are as widely known, underread, and underappreciated as Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy. Stephanie Shirilan laments that modern scholars often treat the Anatomy as an unmediated repository of early modern views on melancholy, overlooking the fact that Burton is writing a...

John Norden's The Surveyor's Dialogue (1618): A Critical Edition

John Norden's The Surveyor's Dialogue (1618): A Critical Edition

1st Edition

Mark Netzloff
September 28, 2010

This edition provides the first complete, modern version of John Norden's The Surveyor's Dialogue. Norden's text, a series of dialogues between a fictional surveyor and several interlocutors”including a tenant farmer, an aristocrat landowner, a manorial officer, and a socially mobile land buyer”is...

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