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Author Green, Jonathan, 1970- author.

Title Printing and prophecy : prognostication and media change, 1450-1550 / Jonathan Green.

Publication Info. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2012]


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Description 1 online resource (ix, 265 pages) : illustrations.
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Series Cultures of knowledge in the early modern world
Cultures of knowledge in the early modern world.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: printing and prophecy -- The Sibyl's book -- Prophets in print -- Prophets and their readers -- Visions of visions: functions of the image in printed prophecy -- Practica teütsch -- Fear, floods, and the paradox of the practica teütsch -- Conclusion: the prophetic reader.
Summary Printing and Prophecy: Prognostication and Media Change 1450-1550 examines prognostic traditions and late medieval prophetic texts in the first century of printing and their effect on the new medium of print. The many prophetic and prognostic works that followed Europe's earliest known printed book--not the Gutenberg Bible, but the Sibyl's Prophecy, printed by Gutenberg two years earlier and known today only from a single page--over the next century were perennial best sellers for many printers, and they provide the modern observer with a unique way to study the history and inner workings of the print medium. The very popularity of these works, often published as affordable booklets, raised fears of social unrest. Printers therefore had to meet customer demand while at the same time channeling readers' reactions along approved paths. Authors were packaged--and packaged themselves--in word and image to respond to the tension, while leading figures of early modern culture such as Paracelsus, Martin Luther, and Sebastian Brant used printed prophecies for their own purposes in a rapidly changing society. Based on a wide reading of many sources, Printing and Prophecy contributes to the study of early modern literature, including how print changed the relationship among authors, readers, and texts. The prophetic and astrological texts the book examines document changes in early modern society that are particularly relevant to German studies and are key texts for understanding the development of science, religion, and popular culture in the early modern period. By combining the methods of cultural studies and book history, this volume brings a new perspective to the study of Gutenberg and later printers.
Language eng.
Note GMD: electronic resource.
Subject Prophecy -- Christianity -- History.
Predictive astrology -- History.
Books -- Europe, German-speaking -- History -- 1450-1600.
RELIGION -- Philosophy.
HISTORY -- General.
Books. (OCoLC)fst00836401
Predictive astrology. (OCoLC)fst01075039
Prophecy -- Christianity. (OCoLC)fst01079203
Europe, German-speaking. (OCoLC)fst01692653
Chronological Term 1450-1600
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Other Form: Print version: Green, Jonathan. Printing and prophecy. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, ©2012 9780472117833 (DLC) 2011014827 (OCoLC)713834643
ISBN 0472027581 (electronic bk.)
9780472027583 (electronic bk.)
9780472900749 (electronic bk.)
0472900749 (electronic bk.)
9780472117833 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0472117831 (cloth ; alk. paper)
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