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The Resource Disknowledge : literature, alchemy, and the end of humanism in Renaissance England, Katherine Eggert

Disknowledge : literature, alchemy, and the end of humanism in Renaissance England, Katherine Eggert

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Disknowledge : literature, alchemy, and the end of humanism in Renaissance England
Title
Disknowledge
Title remainder
literature, alchemy, and the end of humanism in Renaissance England
Statement of responsibility
Katherine Eggert
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Disknowledge": knowing something isn't true, but believing it anyway. In 'Disknowledge: Literature, alchemy, and the end of humanism in Renaissance England', Katherine Eggert explores the crumbling state of learning in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Even as the shortcomings of Renaissance humanism became plain to see, many intellectuals of the age had little choice but to treat their familiar knowledge systems as though they still held. Humanism thus came to share the status of alchemy: a way of thinking simultaneously productive and suspect, reasonable and wrongheaded. Eggert argues that English writers used alchemy to signal how to avoid or camouflage pressing but discomfiting topics in an age of rapid intellectual change.0'Disknowledge' describes how John Donne, George Herbert, Henry Vaughan, John Dee, Christopher Marlowe, William Harvey, Helkiah Crooke, Edmund Spenser, and William Shakespeare used alchemical imagery, rhetoric, and habits of thought to shunt aside three difficult questions: how theories of matter shared their physics with Roman Catholic transubstantiation; how Christian Hermeticism depended on Jewish Kabbalah; and how new anatomical learning acknowledged women's role in human reproduction. Disknowledge further shows how Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, and Margaret Cavendish used the language of alchemy to castigate humanism for its blind spots and to invent a new, posthumanist mode of knowledge: writing fiction. Covering a wide range of authors and topics, 'Disknowledge' is the first book to analyze how English Renaissance literature employed alchemy to probe the nature and limits of learning. The concept of disknowledge-willfully adhering to something we know is wrong-resonates across literary and cultural studies as an urgent issue of our own era
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P@U
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Eggert, Katherine
Index
index present
Language note
English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Science, Renaissance
  • Religion and science
  • Religion and science
  • Alchemy in literature
  • Alchemy
  • Alchemy
  • Knowledge, Theory of
  • Knowledge, Theory of
  • Ignorance (Theory of knowledge)
  • HISTORY
  • Alchemy
  • Alchemy in literature
  • Ignorance (Theory of knowledge)
  • Knowledge, Theory of
  • Religion and science
  • Science, Renaissance
  • England
Label
Disknowledge : literature, alchemy, and the end of humanism in Renaissance England, Katherine Eggert
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Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover; Contents; Notes on Texts, Biblical Quotations, and Bibliography; Introduction; Chapter 1. How to Sustain Humanism; Chapter 2. How to Forget Transubstantiation; Chapter 3. How to Skim Kabbalah; Chapter 4. How to Avoid Gynecology; Chapter 5. How to Make Fiction; Afterword; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; V; W; Y; Z; Acknowledgments
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ocn920231229
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812291889
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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JSTOR
Other control number
YBP12319904
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  • 827313
  • 22573/ctt171q3gf
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not applicable
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not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)920231229
Label
Disknowledge : literature, alchemy, and the end of humanism in Renaissance England, Katherine Eggert
Publication
Antecedent source
not applicable
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cover; Contents; Notes on Texts, Biblical Quotations, and Bibliography; Introduction; Chapter 1. How to Sustain Humanism; Chapter 2. How to Forget Transubstantiation; Chapter 3. How to Skim Kabbalah; Chapter 4. How to Avoid Gynecology; Chapter 5. How to Make Fiction; Afterword; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; V; W; Y; Z; Acknowledgments
Control code
ocn920231229
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812291889
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
YBP12319904
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • 827313
  • 22573/ctt171q3gf
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)920231229

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