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Labors of innocence in early modern England

Author: Joanna Picciotto
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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""Labors of Innocence is an outstanding contribution to early modern studies: strikingly original in its rethinking of key issues in intellectual history, rich in its implications for reconsidering major literary texts of the period, and persuasive in its insistence that there is a far more coherent seventeenth century than traditional definitions that split it have insisted. The virtues of the book are legion: its  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joanna Picciotto
ISBN: 9780674049062 0674049063
OCLC Number: 456170017
Description: ix, 863 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: the intellectual's two bodies --
Digging up the hortus conclusus --
A union of eyes and hands: the Royal Society of London for the Improving of Natural Knowledge --
The productive eye --
The culture of curiosity --
Instruments of truth --
Milton and the paradizable reader --
The professional observer.
Responsibility: Joanna Picciotto.
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In seventeenth-century England, intellectuals of various kinds discovered their idealized self-image in the Adam who investigated, named, and commanded the creatures. This title argues, that early  Read more...

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