Books of Secrets: Natural Philosophy in England, 1550-1600
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BeschreibungHow cultural categories shaped--and were shaped by--new ideas about controlling nature Ranging from alchemy to necromancy, "books of secrets" offered medieval readers an affordable and accessible collection of knowledge about the natural world. Allison Kavey's study traces the cultural relevance of these books and also charts their influence on the people who read them. Citing the importance of printers in choosing the books' contents, she points out how these books legitimized manipulating nature, thereby expanding cultural categories, such as masculinity, femininity, gentleman, lady, and midwife, to include the willful command of the natural world.
Pressestimmen"An impressive achievement. Books of Secrets brings together realms too often left disparate in contemporary scholarship: gender studies, history of science, and book history. It is fascinating how Kavey deftly traces fungible notions of agency across various materials and explanations, and this refusal to settle for easy answers is one of the book's many virtues. The answers it gives are all the more profound, and persuasive, for the effort." Michael Schoenfeldt, author of Bodies and Selves in Early Modern England
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: UNIV OF ILLINOIS PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Oktober 2007
Seitenanzahl: 197 Seiten