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Renaissance Responses to Technological Change

Authors: Nayar, Sheila

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  • Places print culture in the context of emerging technologies in the long sixteenth century
  • Covers a wide range of Renaissance texts, including military treatises, broadside ballads, stage plays, satires, works of natural philosophy, and maps
  • Appeals to scholars and students of Renaissance literary studies, print culture, the history of technology, and media ecology
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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.

About the authors

Sheila J. Nayar is Professor of English, Communication, and Media Studies at Greensboro College, USA. She is the author of three previous books, including Dante’s Sacred Poem, and has published widely on the intersections of narrative, technology, and phenomenology, including in JAAR, PMLA, and Studies in Philology.

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“Everyone knows something about Francis Bacon’s famous printing press, gunpowder, and magnetic compass.  Here Sheila J. Nayar takes you inside the highways and byways of Renaissance humanism to discern their varied and even contradictory impact on culture.  One of the finest and most sophisticated studies of literature and technology in the past two decades.” (Thomas J. Misa, Professor of the History of Technology, University of Minnesota, USA, and author of Leonardo to the Internet: Technology and Culture from the Renaissance to the Present)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-96899-5
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-96898-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Renaissance Responses to Technological Change
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96899-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96899-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96898-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 366
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 25 illustrations in colour
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