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CONTEXTUALIZING PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE

Leemans, Annemie Daniel Gerda (2016) CONTEXTUALIZING PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE IN EARLY MODERN EUROPE. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis, University of Kent, Universidade do Porto. (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The overarching topic of this dissertation is practical knowledge in early modern Europe. Practical knowledge is the know-how people have in order to make something, do something or obtain something. Textually speaking, this knowledge profiles itself as a prescription, recipe, secret, or formula. The areas of interest of practical knowledge are very wide from kitchen wisdom to medical panaceas.

The first chapter of the first part, which is an introduction to the whole thesis, contains the historiography and theory about the subject concerning practical knowledge production and status. The second chapter studies transmission dynamics of practical knowledge, making use of the rhizome metaphor of Deleuze and Guattari and examining transmission dynamics in specialized environments, such as workshops and laboratories. In the third chapter of Part I, I develop the concept of mediators of practical knowledge, arguing that some people, either literary writers or practitioners, used the printing medium to earn in their living. As a consequence they are responsible for a major dissemination of practical knowledge.

Part II of this PhD dissertation is conceived as a microapproach. In this part the study of the early English print A Very Proper Treatise (1573) finds its legitimate place. This Treatise about limning, or painting in books, will be examined through the same three lenses used in Part I: creation, dissemination, and consumption. In the first chapter the origin of the text of the book is examined. The following chapter examines the making or origin of the material book, where I argue that it is a printer's compilation. Finally, the consumption and consumers of the book will be studied in the third and last chapter.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctor of Philosophy (PhD))
Thesis advisor: Richardson, Catherine
Thesis advisor: Polonia, Amelia
Uncontrolled keywords: History, Text, Context, Book history, Knowledge, Art, transmission, dissemination, use, practical, A very Proper Treatise, books of secrets
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
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Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2017 16:00 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2020 04:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/60636 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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