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Author Reid, Pauline, 1985- author

Title Reading by design : the visual interfaces of the English Renaissance book / Pauline Reid
Published Toronto ; Buffalo ; London : University of Toronto Press, 2019
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Contents Cover; Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 Through a Looking-Glass: Rhetorical Vision and Imagination in William Caxton's Mirrour and Description of the World and Stephen Hawes's Pastime of Pleasure; 2 Memory Machines or Ephemera? Early Modern Annotated Almanacs, Edmund Spenser's Shepheardes Calender, and the Problem of Recollection; 3 Devising the Page: Poly-olbion 's Troubled Boundaries; 4 Image and Illusion in Francis Quarles's Emblems and Pamphlets: Duplication, Duality, Duplicity
5 Dead Lambs, False Miracles, and "Taintured Nests": The Crisis of Visual Ecologies in Shakespeare's 2 Henry VIConclusion: Mediated Vision; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary "Renaissance readers perceived the print book as both a thing and a medium--a thing that could be broken or reassembled, and a visual medium that had the power to reflect, transform, or deceive. At the same historical moment that print books remediated the visual and material structures of manuscript and oral rhetoric, the relationship between vision and perception was fundamentally called into question. Investigating this crisis of perception, Pauline Reid argues that the visual crisis that suffuses early modern English thought also imbricates sixteenth and seventeenth century print materials. These vision troubles in turn influenced how early modern books and readers interacted. Platonic, Aristotelian, and empirical models of sight vied with one another in a culture where vision had a tenuous relationship to external reality. Through situating early modern books' design elements, such as woodcuts, engravings, page borders, and layouts, as important rhetorical components of the text, Reading by Design articulates how the early modern book responded to epistemological crises of perception and competing theories of sight."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Books and reading -- England -- History -- 16th century
Books and reading -- England -- History -- 17th century
Early printed books -- England -- 16th century
Early printed books -- England -- 17th century
English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism
Literature publishing -- England -- 16th century
Literature publishing -- England -- 17th century
Visual perception -- History -- 16th century
Visual perception -- History -- 17th century
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1487511620 (electronic bk.)
9781487511623 (electronic bk.)