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There is rarely anything completely new in educational publishing, but one genre of humanist writing, the emblem book, was invented in the sixteenth century. In fact we know the exact moment, December 1522! Emblems -- poems with pictures -- were widely used for preaching and teaching, and this chapter considers their classroom use in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.

Posted by admin on September 22, 2008
Tags: Chapter Seven

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dianarobin on whole page :

This chapter is my favorite. I will return
later with comments.

March 15, 2009 3:57 pm

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September 23, 2009 2:12 pm
Ken Gouwens on whole page :

This was my favorite chapter as well, especially for its deft attention to cognitive aspects of the use of emblems. This could juxtapose interestingly with the work of William B. Ashworth, Jr., e.g., “Natural history and the emblematic world view,” in David C. Lindberg and Robert S. Westman (eds.), _Reappraisals of the Scientific Revolution_ (Cambridge, 1990), pp. 303–32.

September 28, 2009 10:34 am
Sean Franzel on paragraph 1:

Dear Paul,

I just wanted to let you know I had a nice time using this chapter in my MA level grad course on the Medieval and Early Modern periods. The students responded quite positively to your book and had a lot of interesting things to say in regards to the issues you raise. Like last time, I am using your text to help prepare students for a session in our rare books library with a variety of emblem books from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Thanks again for this excellent resource!

Best, Sean Franzel
University of Missouri

November 18, 2013 8:19 pm
Paul Gehl :

Glad to hear it, Sean. Please encourage the students to use the comment fields to add their own notes or ask questions.

November 18, 2013 8:40 pm

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