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Words in a Nutshell: Miniaturizing Texts in Early Modern England

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1. Title Title of document Words in a Nutshell: Miniaturizing Texts in Early Modern England - Miniature Books
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Lucy Razzall; Christ's College University of Cambridge; United Kingdom
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) miniature book; religious book; religious text; small book; history of books; sacred text
5. Subject Subject classification Religious texts; books
6. Description Abstract After Philemon Holland’s influential English translation of Pliny’s Natural History was first published in 1601, the Iliad-in-a-nutshell mentioned by Pliny became a commonplace motif of virtuosic compression in early modern England. Engaging with the popularity of this image, this chapter will explore its implications in early modern print culture. Although the frequently-appearing Iliad-in-a-nutshell might seem but a convenient rhetorical flourish, this chapter proposes that closer attention to it in the context of the small or miniature might help us to consider broader questions about the intertwining of physical and literary scale in early modern printed books as both texts and material objects. It argues that the miniature book, and more general desires to condense large works such as the Bible into smaller volumes, are not merely frivolous, but a manifestation of a wider anxiety about the relationship between physical size and literary weightiness.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 25-Sep-2019
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.37762
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Miniature Books
16. Language English=en en
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