|aOut of the frying pan : curiosity, danger and the poetics of witness in the Renaissance traveller's tale / Wes Williams -- The metaphorical collecting of curiosities in early modern France and Germany / Neil Kenny -- The New World collections of Duke Cosimo I de'Medici and their role in the creation of a Kunst- and Wunderkammer in the Palazzo Vecchio / Adriana Turpin -- The jocund cabinet and the melancholy museum in seventeenth-century English literature / Claire Preston -- Curious knowledge and wonder-working wisdom in the occult works of Heinrich Khunrath / Peter Forshaw -- Enthusiasm and 'damnable curiosity' : Meric Casaubon and John Dee / Stephen Clucas -- Gentille curiosité : wonder-working and the culture of automata in the late Renaissance / Alexander Marr -- Nosce teipsum : curiosity, the humoural body and the culture of therapeutics in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England / Deborah Harkness -- Back from wonderland : Jean Antoine Nollet's Italian tour (1749) / Paola Bertucci -- Curiosity and the lusus naturae : the case of 'Proteus' Hill / George Rousseau.
|aAn edited collection of essays focusing on topics of 'curiosity' and 'wonder' in relation to the history of art, science and society.
European and American scholars of history and literature explore how the two emotions were expressed during the early modern period. Their topics include the metaphorical collecting of curiosities in France and Germany, the jocund cabinet and the melancholy museum in 17th-century English literature, and wonder-working and the culture of automata. Annotation 穢2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)