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Robert Burton and the problems of polymathy

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Robert Burton called his period ‘this scribling age’, in which the copiousness of printed matter and the multitude of authors caused problems both of discernment – how to distinguish true scholars from intellectual quacks? – and of quantity: how can the scholar hope to master the ‘vast Chaos and confusion of Bookes’? This article addresses Burton's engagement with these questions, and examines both his attempt to establish a polymathic persona, and the relationship of the Anatomy to other com...

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10.1111/rest.12054

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
English Faculty
Oxford college:
Oriel College
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Author
Publisher:
Wiley Publisher's website
Journal:
Renaissance Studies Journal website
Volume:
28
Issue:
2
Pages:
279-297
Publication date:
2014-03-07
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EISSN:
1477-4658
ISSN:
0269-1213
Source identifiers:
655488
Language:
English
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uuid:10953b9e-24fd-48a0-8cf6-d9d9524e16c1
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pubs:655488
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2019-04-01

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