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Visual rhetoric and early modern English literature /
Katherine Acheson.
imprint
Farnham, Surrey, Eng. ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2013], c2013
description
x, 174 p.
ISBN
0754662837 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9780754662839 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Farnham, Surrey, Eng. ; Burlington, VT : Ashgate, [2013], c2013
isbn
0754662837 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9780754662839 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
Introduction: printed imagery and early modern English literature -- "The discription of the worlde": military, horticultural, and technical illustration and Andrew Marvell's Gardens' -- Truth the "way of dichotomy": dichotomous tables and John Milton's Paradise lost -- Art "speculatory ingenuity:" painting, writing, and Andrew Marvell's "Last instructions to a painter" -- Nature "surveying nature, with too nice a view": naturalistic, realistic, anatomical, and allegorical animals in Aphra Behn's Oroonoko.
catalogue key
9025911
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [151]-171) and index.
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A study of visual communication in print media of the early modern period, this book discusses works as diverse as arithmetical and astrological tables, natural histories and anatomies, illustrated political broadsides, books of maps, and advertisements for new technologies. It analyzes those images and the acts of communication they performed.
Long Description
Early modern printed books are copiously illustrated with charts, diagrams, and other kinds of images that represent systems of thought and ways of doing things. Visual Rhetoric and Early Modern English Literature shows how these images fostered what Elizabeth Eisenstein called "brainwork" related to concepts of space, truth, art, and nature, and reveals their importance to poetry by Andrew Marvell and John Milton, and Aphra Behn's Oroonoko. The genres of illustration considered in this book include military strategy and tactics, garden design, instrumentation, Bibles, scientific schema, drawing instruction, natural history, comparative anatomy, and Aesop's Fables. The argument produces unique insights into the ways in which visual rhetoric affected verbal expression, and the book develops novel methods of using printed images as evidence in the interpretation of the rich, strange, and beautiful literature of early modern England.
Long Description
The first extended study of visual communication in print media of the early modern period, this book discusses works as diverse as arithmetical and astrological tables, natural histories and anatomies, illustrated political broadsides, military and horticultural manuals, books of maps and antiquarian tomes, and advertisements for new technologies and commercial opportunities. It analyzes those images, and the acts of communication they performed, using theory drawn from visual rhetoric and information design.

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