Print Networks: Questions of Access and Expertise in the Renaissance

Presentation by Cindy Klestinec (Miami University).

The Renaissance is marked by several revolutions: political, scientific, and print. Indeed, the printing press allowed new circulatory models as well as new “trading zones” to emerge in the information economy of the period. Though learned nobles were the patrons of print, printed material brought learned readers and writers into contact with artisans, artists, and women. In this sense, the book operated as a “trading zone,” a zone in which learned and non-learned information mixed. In these zones, editors served as gatekeepers, permitting the flow of information along pathways to old and new readers or creating obstacles to prevent that flow. This presentation focuses on one editor, Francesco Sansovino, and the circulation of surgical knowledge in Venice in the mid-sixteenth-century. Sansovino did not embrace the printing press as an agent of change, and his editorial practices bring into focus questions about access and expertise that attended the rise of new and the morphing of old information networks in the Renaissance.

Cindy Klestinec (Assistant Professor of English, Miami University) is currently working on two projects. The first is a study of Lucrezia Marinella’s On the Nobility and Excellence of Women and the Defects and Vices of Men(1600, 1601) and her use of prudence, the practical intellect, and Aristotle’s Ethics(book 6) to imagine a new, public woman in the Renaissance. The second is a project on the culture of reprint for sixteenth-century surgery texts that examines the intersection of surgery texts, print circulation, and the history of the book.

Cindy Klestinec presents "Print Networks" at "Network Archaeology."


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