Transmission and Transgression, Cultural challenges in early modern England
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Transmission and Transgression

Cultural challenges in early modern England

Presses Universitaires de Provence

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This volume aims at exploring the reinvention of philosophy, literature and
science in the early modern era to show how writers and readers collectively
engaged in redefining the transmission of knowledge, whether ancient or newly
discovered. In its first section, the contributors deal with religious,
ideological and philosophical issues; in the second, they tackle art and
science, while, in the third, they provide new insights about travelling and
the circulation of ideas. These ten chapters thus relate transmission to the
fundamental role of transgression by considering English writers and their
challenging ideas in the context of their engagement with a flowering print
market. The importance of public discourse as well as of memory and tradition,
along with the need for renewal and reform which redefined England’s identity,
are therefore being explored here. As the book refines on previous
generalisations on the interacting concepts of transmission and transgression
in early modern England, it also addresses the following questions: is there
such a thing as a specifically English transgressive aesthetics? Can it be
seen as a philosophy? Eventually, does transgression necessarily deny its own
sources?
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