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Evelyn Lincoln, "Publication Anxiety in Early Modern Italy"

ICIS/CSIS Speaker Series
When Dec 11, 2014
from 12:10 PM to 01:30 PM
Where SS&H 1246
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Discussant: Alessandro Delfanti

Lunch provided. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.


Publishing a book in early modern Rome meant braving the Inquisition and the difficulties of Renaissance business relationships to enter a conversation taking place in print that was often less than civil.  Authors worried about being accused of claiming to be more knowledgeable than they really were.  On the other hand, they also actually may have been presenting themselves as something they were not, and worried about being found out.  Some authors found themselves with time on their hands as their books languished in the presses, encouraging them to pen long blaming screeds against the publishers who were forced to include them in the finished book. Strategies for managing publication anxiety on the part of both publishers and authors were inventive, original, and different in every book, and they came to shape the combative and dialogical character of late sixteenth-century Roman book printing.


Evelyn Lincoln is Professor of the History of Art & Architecture and Italian Studies at Brown University.  Her first book, the Invention of the Italian Renaissance Printmaker (Yale, 2000) traced the careers of pictorial printmakers in Italy in the first century of its development.  Brilliant Discourse.  Pictures and Readers in Early Modern Rome

(Yale, 2014) looks at the role played by the publication of illustrated technical manuals in forming networks of printers, publishers, artists and patrons, all of whom were also readers. Her research investigates knowledge networks formed through making and using pictures in the early modern world.


This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Science and Innovation Studies (CSIS), Science & Technology Studies (STS), and History.


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