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"A man very well studyed": New Contexts for Thomas Browne

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For many years, scholarship on Thomas Browne (1605-1682) saw him as tangential to his period’s thought and writing: an obscure and quaint stylist, detached from the turbulence of mid-17th century England. This volume contributes to the current reevalution of Browne’s involvement in his times: identifying his political commitments, milieu, reading, and readers. The essays collected in this volume place Browne’s works in unexpected contexts - in Holland, Poland and Germany, in Restoration politics, in publishing ...

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Overview

For many years, scholarship on Thomas Browne (1605-1682) saw him as tangential to his period’s thought and writing: an obscure and quaint stylist, detached from the turbulence of mid-17th century England. This volume contributes to the current reevalution of Browne’s involvement in his times: identifying his political commitments, milieu, reading, and readers. The essays collected in this volume place Browne’s works in unexpected contexts - in Holland, Poland and Germany, in Restoration politics, in publishing history and medical theory. It presents new research into his reputation in the later 17th century, his manuscripts, medical dissertation, association with the Hartlib circle and habits of revision. Essays on familiar works place them in new light, while readings of his letters, notebooks, and lesser works broaden our understanding of Browne as a writer. The result is a fuller picture of Browne’s significance in 17th-century European culture.

Contributors include: Eric Achermann, Hugh Adlington, Reid Barbour, Harm Beukers, Siobhán Collins, Louise Denmead, Karen Edwards, Doris Einsiedel, Kevin Killeen, Mary Ann Lund, Philip Major, Antonia Moon, Kathryn Murphy, Brent Nelson, and Claire Preston.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789004171732
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/29/2008
  • Series: Intersections Series , #10
  • Pages: 315
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathryn Murphy is Junior Research Fellow in English at Jesus College, Oxford. She writes on early modern literature, particularly prose.
Richard Todd is Professor of British literature at after 1500 at Leiden University. He has published on many aspects of the early modern period, most recently on textual scholarship, and on contemporary British fiction.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Note on the Text
Abbreviations
List of Contributors

INTRODUCTION
‘Between the Paws of a Sphinx’: The Contexts of Thomas Browne, Kathryn Murphy

I. BROWNE IN LEIDEN
Discipline and Praxis: Thomas Browne in Leiden, Reid Barbour
Studying Medicine in Leiden in the 1630s, Harm Beukers

II. READING AND WRITING
‘A Fresh Reading of Books’: Some Note-Taking Practices of Thomas Browne, Antonia Moon
Divination in Pseudodoxia Epidemica: Thomas Browne’s Habits of Revision, Hugh Adlington

III. FORM AND CONTENT
Curious Readers and Meditative Form in Thomas Browne’s Urne-Buriall, Brent Nelson
‘There is all Africa … within us’: Language, Generation and Alchemy in Browne’s Explication of Blackness, Siobhán Collins and Louise Denmead
Of Cyder and Sallets: The Hortulan Saints and The Garden of Cyrus, Claire Preston

IV. THE TURBULENCE OF THE TIME
‘In the Time of the Late Civil Wars’: Post-Restoration Browne and the Political Memory of Repertorium, Kevin Killeen
Urne-Buriall and the Interregnum Royalist, Philip Major
Thomas Browne and the Absurdities of Melancholy, Karen L. Edwards

V. READING AND TRANSLATING BROWNE
The Christian Physician: Thomas Browne and the Role of Religion in Medical Practice, Mary Ann Lund
Order in the Vortex: Christian Knorr von Rosenroth as Compiler and Translator of Thomas Browne, Jean d’Espagnet, Henry More, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Antoine le Grand, Eric Achermann (trans. Kathryn Murphy and Doris Einsiedel)
‘The Best Pillar of the Order of Sir Francis’: Thomas Browne, Samuel Hartlib and Communities of Learning, Kathryn Murphy

Bibliography
Index Nominum

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