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Engines of the Imagination Renaissance Culture and the Rise of the Machine




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Genere:Libro
Lingua: Inglese
Editore:

Routledge

Pubblicazione: 11/2007
Edizione: 1° edizione





Note Editore

At what point did machines and technology begin to have an impact on the cultural consciousness and imagination of Europe? How was this reflected through the art and literature of the time? Was technology a sign of the fall of humanity from its original state of innocence or a sign of human progress and mastery over the natural world? In his characteristically lucid and captivating style, Jonathan Sawday investigates these questions and more by engaging with the poetry, philosophy, art, and engineering of the period to find the lost world of the machine in the pre-industrial culture of the European Renaissance. The aesthetic and intellectual dimension of these machines appealed to familiar figures such as Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, Montaigne, and Leonardo da Vinci as well as to a host of lesser known writers and artists in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This intellectual engagement with machines in the European Renaissance gave rise to new attitudes towards gender, work and labour, and even fostered the new sciences of artificial life and reason which would be pursued by figures such as Descartes, Hobbes, and Leibniz in the seventeenth century. Writers, philosophers and artists had mixed and often conflicting reactions to technology, reflecting a paradoxical attitude between modern progress and traditional values. Underpinning the enthusiastic creation of a machine-driven world, then, were stories of loss and catastrophe. These contradictory attitudes are part of the legacy of the European Renaissance, just as much as the plays of Shakespeare or the poetry of John Milton. And this historical legacy helps to explain many of our own attitudes towards the technology that surrounds us, sustains us, and sometimes perplexes us in the modern world.




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Contents

 

 

 

Contents i

Epigraphs ii

List of Plates iv

Preface and Acknowledgments vii

 

  1. The Machine in the Margins 1
  2. Philosophy, Power and Politics in Renaissance Technology 36
  3. The Turn of the Screw: Machines, Books, and Bodies 91
  4. Women and Wheels: Gender and the Machine in the Renaissance 172
  5. ‘Nature Wrought:’ Artifice, Illusion, and Magical Mechanics 226
  6. Reasoning Engines: The Instrumental Imagination in the 293
  7. Seventeenth Century

  8. Chapter Seven: Milton and the Engine 372
  9. The Machine Stops 427

Notes

Index





Autore

Jonathan Sawday is Professor of English Studies at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.He has taught at universities in Britain, Ireland, and the United States. As well as writing many articles and essays on Renaissance literature and culture, he is the author of the The Body Emblazoned (Routledge, 1995) and co-editor (with Tom Healy) of Literature and the English Civil War (1990), and (with Neil Rhodes) The Renaissance Computer (Routledge, 2000).










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ISBN:

9780415350624

Condizione: Nuovo
Dimensioni: 9.25 x 6.25 in Ø 1.40 lb
Formato: Brossura
Illustration Notes:black & white illustrations
Pagine Arabe: 424


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