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The Machine in the TextScience and Literature in the Age of Shakespeare and Galileo$
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Howard Marchitello

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199608058

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608058.001.0001

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Being Archaic

(p.214) 8 Conclusion
The Machine in the Text

Howard Marchitello

Oxford University Press

It has been the central concern of this book to interrogate the traditional but deeply problematical separation of the practices of science from the rest of culture. While the works examined are both literary and scientific in nature, it has been important to this study to demonstrate how these categories are themselves products of a highly successful series of disciplinary strategies dedicated to establishing the division between science and culture, or between science and literature, or between nature and art. The concluding chapter offers a brief review of the territory covered in the book. At the same time, invoking Michel Serres' notion of archaism and “crumpled time,” it maps out the very general outlines for future work in the field of early modern studies that might continue and extend the insights represented by the many critics working toward a new understanding of the early modern cultures of science.

Keywords:   Michel Serres, archaism, crumpled time, history, historicism, temporality, disciplinarity

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