Sir Thomas Browne: The World Proposed

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Doctor, linguist, scientist, natural historian, and writer of what is probably the most stunning prose in the English language, Sir Thomas Browne was a virtuoso in learning whose many interests form a representative portrait of his age. To understand the period which we more usually refer to as the Civil War, the Restoration, or the Scientific Revolution, we need to understand parts of the intellectual and spiritual background that are often neglected and which Browne ...

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Overview

Doctor, linguist, scientist, natural historian, and writer of what is probably the most stunning prose in the English language, Sir Thomas Browne was a virtuoso in learning whose many interests form a representative portrait of his age. To understand the period which we more usually refer to as the Civil War, the Restoration, or the Scientific Revolution, we need to understand parts of the intellectual and spiritual background that are often neglected and which Browne magnificently figures forth.

This collection of essays about all aspects of Thomas Browne's work and thought is the first such volume to appear in 25 years. It offers the specialist and the student a wide-ranging array of essays by an international team of leading scholars in seventeenth-century literary studies who extend our understanding of this extremely influential and representative early-modern polymath by embracing recent developments in the field, including literary-scientific relations, the development of Anglican spirituality, civil networks of intellectual exchange, the rise of antiquarianism, and Browne's own legacy in modern literature.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199236213
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 2/9/2009
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Claire Preston is Fellow in English at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Her research interests include the literature and science of the 16th and 17th centuries; early-modern word-image relations; Philip Sidney and his circle; and American literature of the Gilded Age and of the Progressive Era.
Reid Barbour is Gillian T Cell Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina. His research interests include sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England; intellectual history; the history of classical transmission; the history of science; and the history of religion. He is currently working on a biography of Sir Thomas Browne and on an edition of Lucy Hutchinson's Lucretius for OUP.

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

List of Abbreviations

Introduction 'Many Things Untouch'd': Browne at 400 Reid Barbour Barbour, Reid Claire Preston Preston, Claire 1

Pt. I Habits of Thought

1 'Speake that I may see thee': The Styles of Sir Thomas Browne Sharon Cadman Seelig Seelig, Sharon Cadman 13

2 The Laudian Idiot Debora Shuger Shuger, Debora 36

3 Thomas Browne and the Uses of Antiquity Graham Parry Parry, Graham 63

4 The Browne Family's Culture of Curiosity Brent Nelson Nelson, Brent 80

5 Engaging with Pygmies: Thomas Browne and John Milton Karen L. Edwards Edwards, Karen L. 100

6 'Wonders of the Invisible World': The Trial of the Lowestoft Witches Victoria Silver Silver, Victoria 118

Pt. II Works

7 Religio Medici's Profession of Faith Brooke Conti Conti, Brooke 149

8 Brownean Motion: Conversation within Pseudodoxia Epidemica's 'Sober Circumference of Knowledge' William N. West West, William N. 168

9 The Politcs of Painting: Pseudodoxia Epidemica and Iconoclasm Kevin Killeen Killeen, Kevin 188

10 'An Incomium of Consumptions': A Letter to a Friend as Medical Narrative Claire Preston Preston, Claire 206

11 Urne Buriall, Cultural Difference, and the Question of Jewish Readmission Achsah Guibbory Guibbory, Achsah 222

12 'A Likely Story': Plato's Timaeus in the Garden of Cyrus Kathryn Murphy Murphy, Kathryn 242

13 Mischellaneous Browne among the Tombs of Norwich Cathedral Jonathan F. S. Post Post, Jonathan F. S. 258

Pt. III Life and Afterlives

14 The Hieroglyphies of Skin Reid Barbour Barbour, Reid 279

15 Browne, Borges, and Back: Phantasmagories of Imaginative Learning Roy Rosenstein Rosenstein, Roy 296

16 Thinking withThomas Browne: Sebald and the Nachleben of the Antiquarian Peter N. Miller Miller, Peter N. 311

Bibliography 329

Index 357

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