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Text, Knowledge and Wonder in Early Modern France: Studies in Honour of Stephen Bamforth

Nottingham French Studies Volume 56, Issue 3

Neil Kenny


Explores the entwinement of early modern text, knowledge and wonder, and their connections in France

A triple nexus of text, knowledge, and wonder permeated much literary, learned, and ceremonial culture in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century France. There were endless variations on the combination, often with two of the three elements predominating. This volume tracks some of those variations as they appeared in collections of natural wonders, pedagogical situations, a family, an alchemical romance, a carnival festivity, a learned society, and poetry.

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    1. Introduction, Neil Kenny
    2. Mandragore, racine de Baara, ginseng: littérature et émerveillement, Jean Céard
    3. Un lecteur de Pierre Boaistuau, l’apothicaire Nicolas Houel, Marie Madeleine Fontaine
    4. Quelques éléments d’alchimie péruvienne, Didier Kahn
    5. Nostradamus à l’école de l’expérience, Jean Dupèbe
    6. What Did Matthieu Beroald Transmit to François Béroalde de Verville?, Neil Kenny
    7. Friendship and Rivalry in Science and Scholarship: Pierre-Daniel Huet and the Académies de Caen, Richard Maber
    8. Carnival in Cognac (1520), Richard Cooper
    9. Poetic Deictics and Extra-Textual Reference (Mallarmé, Scève, Ronsard, Du Bellay), James Helgeson

About the Author

Neil Kenny is Professor of French at the University of Oxford and Senior Research Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. Previously he taught at the University of Cambridge and Queen Mary, University of London. His publications include The Uses of Curiosity in Early Modern France and Germany (2004), An Introduction to Sixteenth-Century French Literature and Thought (2008), and Death and Tenses: Posthumous Presence in Early Modern France (2015). He is currently researching early modern French families that produced more than one writer.

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