Error, Misuse, Failure: Object Lessons from the English Renaissance

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If certain objects work well, no one notices them. As with "black boxes, " their success may be gauged by their relative invisibility -- and this was the indirect goal of the objects that Julian Yates considers here: the portrait miniature, the relic, the privy (flush toilet), the printed text, and the priest-hole (a secret hiding place for Catholic priests in Protestant England). Because each of these contrivances was prone to error, misuse, and sometimes catastrophic failure, they become in Yates's analysis an occasion ...

Error, Misuse, Failure: Object Lessons from the English Renaissance 2002, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN

ISBN-13: 9780816639618

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Error, Misuse, Failure: Object Lessons from the English Renaissance 2002, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, MN

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