Miscellaneous order : manuscript culture and the early modern organization of knowledge /

This book examines one of the most pervasive, but also perplexing, textual phenomena of the early modern world: the manuscript miscellany. Faced with multiple problems of definition, categorization, and (often conflicting) terminology, modern scholars have tended to dismiss the miscellany as disorga...

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Author / Creator:Vine, Angus Edmund, author.
Imprint:Oxford ; New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2019.
©2019
Description:xiv, 285 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Language:English
Subject:Manuscripts -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
Manuscripts -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Classification -- History.
Written communication -- Great Britain -- History -- 16th century.
Written communication -- Great Britain -- History -- 17th century.
Knowledge, Sociology of -- History -- 16th century.
Knowledge, Sociology of -- History -- 17th century.
History.
Format: E-Resource Print Book
URL for this record:http://pi.lib.uchicago.edu/1001/cat/bib/11771688
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ISBN:9780198809708
0198809700
Summary:This book examines one of the most pervasive, but also perplexing, textual phenomena of the early modern world: the manuscript miscellany. Faced with multiple problems of definition, categorization, and (often conflicting) terminology, modern scholars have tended to dismiss the miscellany as disorganized and chaotic. Miscellaneous Order radically challenges that view by uncovering the various forms of organization and order previously hidden in early modern manuscript books. Drawing on original literary and historical research, and examining both the materiality of early modern manuscripts and their contents, this book sheds new light on the transcriptive and archival practices of early modern Britain, as well as on the broader intellectual context of manuscript culture and its scholarly afterlives.0Based on extensive archival research, and interdisciplinary in both subject and matter, Miscellaneous Order focuses on the myriad kinds of manuscript compiled and produced in the early modern era. Showing that the miscellany was essential to the organization of knowledge across a range of genres and disciplines, from poetry to science, and from recipe books to accounts, it proposes a new model for understanding the proliferation of manuscript material in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. By restoring attention to 'miscellaneous order' in this way, it shows that we have fundamentally misunderstood how early modern men and women read, wrote, and thought. Rather than a textual form characterized by an absence of order, the miscellany, it argues, operated as an epistemically and aesthetically productive system throughout the early modern period.