Sir Thomas Browne: The World Proposed

Hardcover | November 13, 2008

EditorReid Barbour, Claire Preston

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Doctor, linguist, scientist, natural historian, and writer of what is probably the most stunning prose in the English language, Sir Thomas Browne was a virtuoso in learning whose many interests form a representative portrait of his age. To understand the period which we more usually refer toas the Civil War, the Restoration, or the Scientific Revolution, we need to understand parts of the intellectual and spiritual background that are often neglected and which Browne magnificently figures forth.This collection of essays about all aspects of Thomas Browne's work and thought is the first such volume to appear in 25 years. It offers the specialist and the student a wide-ranging array of essays by an international team of leading scholars in seventeenth-century literary studies who extend ourunderstanding of this extremely influential and representative early-modern polymath by embracing recent developments in the field, including literary-scientific relations, the development of Anglican spirituality, civil networks of intellectual exchange, the rise of antiquarianism, and Browne's ownlegacy in modern literature.

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Doctor, linguist, scientist, natural historian, and writer of what is probably the most stunning prose in the English language, Sir Thomas Browne was a virtuoso in learning whose many interests form a representative portrait of his age. To understand the period which we more usually refer toas the Civil War, the Restoration, or the Sci...

Claire Preston is Fellow in English at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge. Her research interests include the literature and science of the 16th and 17th centuries; early-modern word-image relations; Philip Sidney and his circle; and American literature of the Gilded Age and of the Progressive Era. Reid Barbour is Gillian T Cell Disti...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.91 inPublished:November 13, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Claire Preston and Reid Barbour: Introduction: 'Browne at 400'Part I: Habits of Thought1. Sharon Seelig: 'Speake that I may see thee': the styles of Sir Thomas Browne2. Debora Shuger: The Laudian Idiot3. Graham Parry: Thomas Browne and the Uses of Antiquity4. Brent Nelson: The Browne Family's Culture of Curiosity5. Karen Edwards: Engaging with Pygmies: Thomas Browne and John Milton6. Victoria Silver: 'Wonders of the Invisible World': The Bury St. Edmunds Witchcraft Trial ReduxPart II: Works7. Brooke Conti: iReligio Medici/i's Profession of Faith8. William N. West: Brownean Motion: Conversation within iPseudodoxia Epidemica/i's 'Sober Circumference of Knowledge'9. Kevin Killeen: The Politics of Painting: iPseudodoxia Epidemica/i and Iconoclasm10. Claire Preston: 'An Incomium of Consumptions': iA Letter to a Friend/i as Medical Narrative11. Achsah Guibbory: iUrne -Buriall/i, Cultural Difference, and the Question of Jewish Readmission12. Kathryn Murphy: 'A Likely Story': Plato's iTimaeus/i in the iGarden of Cyrus/i13. Jonathan F.S. Post: Miscellaneous Browne Among the Tombs of Norwich CathedralPart III: (After)Lives14. Reid Barbour: The Hieroglyphics of Skin15. Roy Rosenstein: Browne, Borges, and Back: Phantasmagories of Imaginative Learning16. Peter N. Miller: Thinking with Thomas Browne: Sebald and the iNachleben/i of the AntiquarianBibliographyThe Contributors