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Worldmakers : Global Imagining in Early Modern Europe (Hardcover) (Ayesha Ramachandran)
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Ayesha Ramachandran tells a new story about a familiar phenomenon: how the world” as a cultural key word was reimagined in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Before the world” in its totality as seen from the Moon became an undisputed fact, how did European philosophers, scientists, mapmakers, and writers imagine an all-encompassing global vision in the wake of their encounter with the New World. The Worldmakers” moves beyond histories of globalization to explore how the world” itselfvariously understood as an object of inquiry, a comprehensive category, and a system of orderwas self-consciously shaped by human makers through rhetoric, aesthetics, poiesis,” and the speculative imagination. Gathering a diverse cast of characters, from Dutch cartographers and French philosophers to and Portuguese and English poets, Ramachandran describes a literary and visual history of firsts”: the first world atlas, the first modern essay, the first global epic, and the first modern attempt to develop a systematic natural philosophyall this in an effort by early modern thinkers to capture the world” on the page. It will be read eagerly by students of comparative early modern European literature, history and philosophy of science, and cartographic and intellectual history.
Number of Pages: 288
Genre: Literary Criticism, History
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Ayesha Ramachandran
Street Date: October 13, 2015
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-6363
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