Technology and the Early Modern Self

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Cohen utilizes the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary literary and cultural studies to shed new light on the relationships between technologies and the people who used them during the early modern period.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230609877
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/15/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Max Cohen is Associate Professor of English at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

1 Introduction: A New Instrument 1

Part 1

2 The Clockwork Self: Mechanical Clockwork and Early Modern Discipline 23

Part 2

3 Confessions of a Man in Print: Cataloguing Erasmian Literary Ambition 53

4 Painted Words Put into the Press: The Forms and Functions of Ambition in Spenser's The Shepheardes Calender 71

5 All Works and No Plays: Jonson's 1616 Folio and the Redefinition of Dramatic Authorship 91

Part 3

6 The Nimble Gunner and the Versatile Prince: Agility and the Early Modern Military Revolution 115

Part 4

7 Perspectives on Perspective: The Philosophic Eye and the Prehistory of the Telescope and the Microscope 137

8 A New "Perspective Glass": Telescopic Discoveries of Universal Uniformity 151

9 "To see a World in a Grain of Sand": Microscopic Perspectives on Subvisible Wonders 173

Afterword: Reconsiderations and Prospects 209

Notes 215

Bibliography 247

Index 261

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