Bodily knowledge in the astronomica
How does the courtly poet Basinio da Parma try to to describe the entrails of the universe? What is the relation between his writing and the Latin didactic tradition? And how much is the discourse of astrology indebted to Lucretius and Manilius? These issues are tracked mostly through the proemial section.
This is an article that is centered on the Venetian years of the Spanish ambassador Diego Hurtado da Mendoza (as well as a companion to my PCP forum essay on him), and the ordering of knowledge reflected in his library, which I situate against the ideals of imperial bibliophilia and the re-shaping of the artificial memory as a new site of bookish display.
patrizi between ramus and zwinger
My first intervention, following the serendipitous archival work in Parma, which documents a surprising organization of a tract on ethics via synoptic tables, and Francesco Patrizi's reliance on Aristotelian methods. Ultimately, the thinker's geometrical deconstruction owe much to note-taking and commonplacing.
I examine the fascinating nexus between an environmental, a cosmological and a bureaucratic gaze in two Milanese works connected with the medieval genre of the laus urbis (namely, Bonvesin da la Riva and Opicino de Canistris) and I study how this mathematical account of the territory relates to the political notion of locating the heart of state within the Lombard polity.
Sea to Inland
An essay that falls squarely within the larger jurisdiction of my project The Printer's Wine-Dark Sea and its advocacy for a re-orientation of “coastal,” bottom-up approaches to networks of exchange. I ask, if ships change the shore, why not books? The main themes here are: network analysis and print culture, Cyprus as a case-study of sixteenth-century Venetian trading.