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TitleRenaissance Responses to Technological Change [electronic resource] / by Sheila J. Nayar
ImprintCham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
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Descript XIII, 366 p. 31 illus., 25 illus. in color. online resource


This book foregrounds the pressures that three transformative technologies in the long sixteenth century—the printing press, gunpowder, and the magnetic compass—placed on long-held literary practices, as well as on cultural and social structures. Sheila J. Nayar disinters the clash between humanist drives and print culture; places the rise of gunpowder warfare beside the equivalent rise in chivalric romance; and illustrates fraught attempts by humanists to hold on to classicist traditions in the face of seismic changes in navigation. Lively and engaging, this study illuminates not only how literature responded to radical technological changes, but also how literature was sometimes forced, through unanticipated destabilizations, to reimagine itself. By tracing the early modern human’s inter-animation with print, powder, and compass, Nayar exposes how these technologies assisted in producing new ways of seeing, knowing, and being in the world


1. From Petrarch to Bacon, Technécology Style: Introduction -- I. The Comedy of Errata -- 2. From Print Error to Human Errancy in Print -- 3. The Literary Erotics of Print and Misprint -- II. Arms or the Man -- 4. The Golden Age of Chivalry in the Iron Age of Gunpowder -- 5. Plebeian Presence in the Age of Gunpowder -- III. Plus Ultra! Further Yet! -- 6. Renegotiating the World by Compass and Card -- 7. Space, Place, and Literary Self-Projection -- 8. Technological Inter-animation, Writ Large: Conclusion

Europe-History-1492- Technology-History Literature-History and criticism Literature Modern Books-History History of Early Modern Europe. History of Technology. Literary History. Early Modern/Renaissance Literature. History of the Book.


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