Didactic Literature in England, 1500-1800: Expertise Constructed
Natasha Glaisyer, Sara Pennell
Ashgate, 2003 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 213 pages
Ranging from music to astronomy, gardening to the Bible, this essay collection is the first multi-disciplinary volume to examine a kind of text that was a staple of early modern English publishing: the how-to book. It tackles a wide range of subjects, everything from grammars, music books, gardening manuals to teach-yourself book-keeping, while highlighting the commonalities of diverse texts as didactic works, and situating this material in wider intellectual and material contexts.
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