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Natural History in Early Modern France

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Natural History in Early Modern France

The Poetics of an Epistemic Genre



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Natural History in Early Modern France
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Natural History in Early Modern France offers a longue duree account of recurring poetic structures of the genre through case studies spanning from the Renaissance to the eve of the nineteenth century. These case studies reveal the lasting epistemic importance of bookish knowledge and commonplacing in the natural-historical description from Belon to Buffon. They also highlight the French reception of Baconianism. Natural History in Early Modern France makes a case for the literary status of the genre by attending to the permanence of its 'Plinian' features, such as wonders. Natural history was not only concerned with increasingly rational modes of ordering natural particulars: this book reveals its enduring social, affective, spiritual, and aesthetic underpinnings. Contributors are: Peter Anstey, Susan Broomhall, Isabelle Charmantier, Arlette Fruet, Raphaele Garrod, Paul Gibbard, Dana Jalobeanu, Myriam Marrache-Gouraud, Stephane Schmitt, Paul J. Smith, and Stephane Van Damme.

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Raphaele Garrod, Ph.D. (2011), Trinity College, Cambridge, is research associate at Cambridge and incoming associate professor of early modern French at the University of Oxford. She has published on early modern French and neo-Latin intellectual history and literature. Paul J. Smith, Ph.D. (1985), Leiden University, is professor of French literature at that University. He has published widely on early modern French literature, its reception in the Netherlands, and early modern natural history.
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August 23rd, 2018
Volume editor Paul J. Smith Volume editor Raphaele Garrod
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