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ERIC Number: EJ856048
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0033-5630
A Pedagogy of Sight: Microscopic Vision in Robert Hooke's "Micrographia"
Jack, Jordynn
Quarterly Journal of Speech, v95 n2 p192-209 May 2009
Robert Hooke's "Micrographia" (1665) holds an important place in the history of scientific visual rhetoric. Hooke's accomplishment lies not only in a stunning array of engravings, but also in a "pedagogy of sight"--a rhetorical framework that instructs readers how to view images in accordance with an ideological or epistemic program. Hooke not only taught his readers how to view a new kind of image, but recruited potential contributors to the program of natural philosophy. In particular, Hooke taught his readers to see microscopic specimens as mechanical bodies, as evidence of divine creation, and as pleasant entertainment. (Contains 4 figures and 80 notes.)
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Language: English
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