Error, Misuse, Failure : Object Lessons from the English Renaissance, by Yates, Julian
- ISBN: 9780816639618 | 0816639612
- Cover: Hardcover
- Copyright: 12/1/2002
Because each of these contrivances was prone to error, misuse, and sometimes catastrophic failure, they become in Yates's analysis an occasion for recasting the history of the English Renaissance as object lessons -- "knowing from the point of view of the known." It is through such lapses -- the texts and stories generated to explain away a relic that is too easily faked, a miniature that is too curiously real, the stench of a failing privy, a book that persistently sheds its pages, or the presence of so much "papist trash" in an ostensibly reformed England -- that Yates recovers the silent work of "things" in cultural production.
Drawing object lessons from failing technological