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Taste and knowledge in early modern England

Title
Taste and knowledge in early modern England / Elizabeth L. Swann.
ISBN
9781108767576 (ebook)
9781108487658 (hardback)
9781108720755 (paperback)
Publication
Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2020.
Physical Description
1 online resource (xii, 267 pages) : digital, PDF file(s).
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Summary
Elizabeth Swann investigates the relationship between the physical sense of taste and taste as a figurative term associated with knowledge and judgment in early modern literature and culture. She argues that - unlike aesthetic taste in the eighteenth century - discriminative taste was entwined with embodied experience in this period. Although taste was tarnished by its associations with Adam and Eve's fall from Eden, it also functioned positively, as a source of useful, and potentially redemptive, literary, spiritual, experimental, and intersubjective knowledge. Taste and Knowledge in Early Modern England juxtaposes canonical literary works by authors such as Shakespeare with a broad range of medical, polemical, theological, philosophical, didactic, and dietetic sources. In doing so, the book reveals the central importance of taste to the experience and articulation of key developments in the literate, religious, and social cultures of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
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Cambridge core frontlist 2020.
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Language
English
Added to Catalog
November 20, 2020
Contents
'To dream to eat books' : of bibliography, bees, and literary taste
Anatomizing taste : practice, subjectivity, and sense in Mikrokosmographia
From Eve's apple to the 'bread of life' : piety and palate in devotional literature
The 'fruits of natural knowledge' : taste and the early Royal Society
'Honey secrets' : erotic sweetness and epistemology
Afterword: 'The way to know.'
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