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Miscellaneous Order: Manuscript Culture and the Early Modern Organization of Knowledge

Angus Vine


This book examines one of the most pervasive, but also perplexing, textual phenomena of the early modern world: the manuscript miscellany. Faced with serial problems of definition, categorization, and (often conflicting) terminology, modern scholars have tended to dismiss the miscellany as disorganized and chaotic. Miscellaneous Order radically challenges that view by uncovering the various forms of organization and order previously hidden in early modern manuscript books. Drawing on original literary and historical research, and examining both the materiality of early modern manuscripts and t ... More

Keywords: manuscripts, miscellanies, epistemology, organization of knowledge, notebooks, memory, reading, collecting, taxonomy, transcription

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198809708
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198809708.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angus Vine, author
Lecturer in Early Modern Literature, University of Stirling