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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Carnivalesque 28: EEBO Edition

Welcome to Carnivalesque 28, a very special EEBO edition!

You searched on: Subject: language and rhetoric
Your search produced 3 hits in 3 records

Title: Final Round
Author: Gwynn Dujardin
Imprint: Jardinière
Date: 10 June 2007
Notes: The National Spelling Bee prompts an examination of early modern humanist efforts at spelling reform, which (while doomed to failure) had the paradoxical effect of encouraging standardization of spelling (in its non-rationalist form) and, ultimately, orthographic spectacles like the Spelling Bee. Bonus points for discussing canting dictionaries.

Title: progymnasmata: proverb
Author: dhawhee
Imprint: b l o g o s
Date: 24 May 2007
Notes: While revising the progymnasmata section of her rhetoric textbook, dhawhee reveals that she finds Milton "wickedly funny" before going on to "amplify," in true humanist pedagogical style, the proverb “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.”

Title: Van Helmont's Hebrew Tongues
Imprint: The Proceedings of the Athanasius Kircher Society
Date: 11 May 2007
Notes: Francis Mercury van Helmont's theory of Hebrew: because it is the Adamic language, it perfectly represents the nature of things and, in fact, when you pronounce Hebrew sounds, your tongue, mouth, and uvula take the shape of Hebrew letters. With a wonderful illustration of "one of the most wonderfully misguided linguistic theories of the 17th century." (As a nice extra, Google places an ad for "Learn Hebrew: Weekend and Two-Week Intensive Language Immersion Programs" directly beneath the post. I doubt they use van Helmont's system, though.)

You searched on: Subject: women's history
Your search produced 3 hits in 3 records

Title: Margery Kempe - a true, strong character
Author: Natalie Bennett
Imprint: Philobiblon
Date: 16 June 2007
Notes: Natalie Bennett reads The Book of Margery Kempe and wonders "how many other such formidable middle-aged women pilgrims were trudging around Europe whose stories haven’t been preserved."

Title: Happy Mother's Day, EEBO!
Author: Hieronimo
Imprint: Blogging the Renaissance
Date: 13 May 2007
Notes: Here at BtR, we celebrate Mother's Day with an EEBO title keyword search ... and discover Mother Cunny and the Pimpmaster-General.

Title: On Women and Men in Jacobean England
Author: Simplicius
Imprint: Blogging the Renaissance
Date: 7 May 2007
Notes: Simplicius finds an early modern philogynist minister who asks: "Where is there deceit, where robbery, where oppression? where, but among men?"

You searched on: Subject: history of science
Your search produced 3 hits in 3 records

Title: Mechanical Soul
Author: Anna Winterbottom
Imprint: The Royal Society: Exploring our Archives
Date: 23 May 2007
Notes: June 28, 1682: Robert Hooke forced to defend himself against accusations from fellow Royal Society members that his "Discourse had tended to proue the soule mechanicall."

Title: Clock of the Long Yesterday
Author: D
Imprint: Curious Expeditions
Date: 9 May 2007
Notes: This travel blog stops at the Clock Museum of Vienna to view the astrological clock of the Augustinian friar David a Sancto Cajetano ("built in 1679, and calibrated up to the year 9999") which leads to Ozymandian meditations on the Clock of the Long Now, the latest in horological hubris.

: Tycho Brahe, Bibliodyssey, and other Astrological Landmarks
Author: Heather McDougal
Imprint: Cabinet of Wonders
Date: 7 May 2007
Notes: Tycho's plans for his huge observatory on Hven causes Heather McDougal to reminisce about her visit to the Jantar Mantar Observatory, "built in 1734 by Sawai Jai Singh, the first Maharaja of Jaipur," with sundials so large you can stand inside them and "begin to get an inkling of the enormity of the heavens."

You searched on: Subject: civil war
Your search produced 2 hits in 2 records

Title: Civil War Death Match: Manchester vs Cromwell
Author: Gavin Robinson
Imprint: Investigations of a Dog
Date: 5 June 2007
Notes: An assessment of Cromwell and the earl of Manchester as military strategists leads to the larger theoretical issues involved in thinking of military history as a process of "judging generals and their decisions."

Title: A House Divided: The Tory in the Family
Author: Tim Abbot
Imprint: Walking the Berkshires
Date: 24 May 2007
Notes: The American Revolutionary War as a civil war and an intra-familial war, as the author discovers a long-lost Tory ancestor. Along the way, we learn of a Loyalist recruiting broadside claiming that, after the war, each soldier would receive "50 Acres of Land, where every gallant Hero may retire, and enjoy his Bottle and Lass." In that order, presumably.

You searched on: Subject: religious controversy
Your search produced 2 hits in 2 records

Title: Reliquaries: Saints Preserve(d for) Us!
Author: Heather McDougal
Imprint: Cabinet of Wonders
Date: 16 May 2007
Notes: A beautiful collection of reliquaries (images, that is), including Galileo's middle finger, detached from his body in 1737 and now on display in the Science History Museum in Florence.

Title: Ox-goring and the necessity of extempore prayer
Author: Susan A.
Imprint: Conventicle
Date: 5 May 2007
Notes: The difficulty of finding the appropriate scripture of thanksgiving for recovering from a horn to the gut.

You searched on: Subject: death
Your search produced 3 hits in 3 records

Title: A tanner will last you nine year ...
Author: Roy Booth
Imprint: Early Modern Whale
Date: 14 June 2007
Notes: Roy Booth introduces us to a miraculously preserved corpse ...

Title: Buried alive in early modern England
Author: Roy Booth
Imprint: Early Modern Whale
Date: 7 June 2007
Notes: ... and to a few rather less miraculous interments.

Title: This Won't Hurt a Bit: A Painlessly Short (and Incomplete) Evolution of Execution
Author: Alex
Imprint: Neatorama
Date: 29 May 2007
Notes: Elephants (crushing by), bulls (brazen), and donkeys (Spanish), oh my! Also, guillotines and crucifixions and various other methods. Early modern England's preferred style (hanging) is absent, however, perhaps because it's too boring.

You searched on: Subject: William Hogarth
Your search produced 2 hits in 2 records

Title: The Foundling Museum
Author: Claire Dudman
Imprint: Keeper of the Snails
Date: 17 May 2007
Notes: Hogarth's role in establishing England's first home for foundling children, built by one of Hogarth's portrait subjects, Captain Thomas Coram, in the early 1740s.

Title: Hogarth at the Tate
Imprint: ringisei
Date: 16 May 2007
Notes: The Tate exhibit prompted several excellent blog posts, including this one that singles out Hogarth's portrait of Coram for praise.

You searched on: Subject: early modern funny things
Your search produced 5 hits in 5 records

Title: The Lost PowerPoint Slides (Waterloo Edition)
Author: Mark Rayner
Imprint: the skwib
Date: 18 June 2007
Notes: The generals rally their troops with the most "effective" and "impactful" technological tool of good management. Perhaps pushing the upper boundary of the early modern, but funny, so it counts.

Title: What is this "Renaissance" of which you speak?
Author: Flavia
Imprint: Ferule & Fescue
Date: 17 June 2007
Notes: Flavia has an infuriating conversation about periodization ... and gets hit on afterwards.

Title: Shakespearrrr!
Author: Fretful Porpentine
Imprint: Quills
Date: 27 May 2007
Notes: And you thought Shakespeare was really the earl of Oxford. In fact, as this post makes convincingly clear, he was a pirate.

Title: Courtly love: a definition
Author: Steve Muhlberger
Imprint: Muhlberger's Early History
Date: 23 May 2007
Notes: The best definition ever.

Title: 101 Uses for a (Live?) Puppy
Author: Crispinella
Imprint: Blotted Lines
Date: 22 May 2007
Notes: #1 use: dinner. (Note: no puppies are actually harmed in this post. And the puppies in question are merely typographic.)

You searched on: Subject: unclassifiable but brilliantly weird
Your search produced 1 hit in 1 record

Title: Arent van Bolten
Author: mr. h
Imprint: Giornale Nuovo
Date: 17 May 2007
Notes: An incredible series of images of the bizarre, fantastic beast drawings (and bronze sculptures) of van Bolten (c.1574-c.1633). An early modern outsider artist.

Thanks to everyone who submitted links! Apologies for any fantastic posts that I happened to miss. EEBO is now offline for maintenance.

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