Logodaedalus

Word Histories of Ingenuity in Early Modern Europe

Logodaedalus is a book no student of early modern cultural history will have an excuse to miss . . . it succeeds in guiding us confidently through an incredibly broad and intricate panorama of early modern thought.
Renaissance Quarterly

Before Romantic genius, there was ingenuity. Early modern ingenuity defined every person—not just exceptional individuals—as having their own attributes and talents, stemming from an “inborn nature” that included many qualities, not just intelligence. Through ingenuity and its family of related terms, early moderns sought to understand and appreciate differences between peoples, places, and things in an attempt to classify their ingenuities and assign professions that were best suited to one’s abilities. Logodaedalus, a prehistory of genius, explores the various ways this language of ingenuity was defined, used, and manipulated between 1470 and 1750. By analyzing printed dictionaries and other lexical works across a range of languages—Latin, Italian, Spanish, French, English, German, and Dutch—the authors reveal the ways in which significant words produced meaning in history and found expression in natural philosophy, medicine, natural history, mathematics, mechanics, poetics, and artistic theory.

376 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

January, 2019

isbn : 9780822945413

about the authors

Alexander Marr

Alexander Marr is professor of the history of early modern art at the University of Cambridge and a fellow and dean of disciple of Trinity Hall. He is the author of Rubens’s Spirit: From Ingenuity to Genius and coauthor of Logodaedalus: Word Histories of Ingenuity in Early Modern Europe.

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Alexander Marr
Raphaële Garrod

Raphaële Garrod is associate professor in early modern French at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Magdalen College. She is the author of Cosmographical Novelties: Dialectic and Discovery in French Renaissance Prose.

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Raphaële Garrod
José Ramón Marcaida

José Ramón Marcaida is lecturer in art history at the University of St Andrews, where he works on the intersections of art and science in the early modern Hispanic world. He is the author of Arte y ciencia en el Barroco español. Historia natural, coleccionismo y cultura visual and coauthor of Logodaedalus: Word Histories of Ingenuity in Early Modern Europe.

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José Ramón Marcaida
Richard J. Oosterhoff

Richard J. Oosterhoff is lecturer in early modern history at the University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Making Mathematical Culture: University and Print in the Circle of Lefèvre d’Étaples and coauthor of Logodaedalus: Word Histories of Ingenuity in Early Modern Europe.

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Richard J. Oosterhoff