Collections and Books, Images and Texts: Early Modern German Cultures of the Book


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How did German composers brand their music as Venetian? How did the Other fare in other languages, when Cabeza’s Relación of colonial Americas appeared in translations? How did Altdorf emblems travel to colonial America and Sweden? What does Virtue look like in a library collection? And what was Boccaccio’s Decameron doing in the Ethica section? From representations of Sophie Charlotte, the first queen in Prussia, to the Ottoman Turks, from German wedding music to Till Eulenspiegel, from the translation of Horatian Odes and encyclopedias of heraldry, these essays by leading scholars explore the transmission, translation, and organization of knowledge in early modern Germany, contributing sophisticated insights to the history of the early modern book and its contents.

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Mara R. Wade is professor emerita of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is the immediate past president of the Renaissance Society of America. She earned the Ph.D. in Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, under the supervision of Professor Gerhard Dünnhaupt. Her research focuses on emblems, digital humanities, court studies of Germany and Scandinavia, gender studies, and German literature and the arts in the early modern period. She is an associate editor of Emblematica: Essays in Word and Image, having served until January 2023 as Editor in Chief. She is is the PI for Emblematica Online. She was a Getty Scholar 2018-2019 and a Newberry Library fellow 2016-2017; she holds a senior research prize from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. She was also awarded the prize for excellence in undergraduate teaching from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, University of Illinois.
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Part 1: Transitions, Translations, Transformations

1 From Villain to Jokester: The Early Reception of the Ulenspiegel Figure
Peter Hess

2 The Year 1663: Exploring Ambiguities in a Pamphlet about the Turk (Erasmus Francisci, 1627–1694)
Gerhild Scholz Williams

3 The Translation of Horace’s Odes by Andreas Heinrich Bucholtz
Victoria Gutsche

4 Cabeza de Vaca’s (Mostly) Non-Iberian Offspring: Images of the “Other” in (Some of) the Other European Accounts
Dwight E. Raak TenHuisen

Part 2: At Court and in Town: Text, Sound, and Image

5 Toward a Definition of Royalty: Images of Sophie Charlotte, First Queen in Prussia
Sara Smart

6 German Nuptial Music in the Seventeenth Century: Sound in Service of the Sacred
Janette Tilley

7 Emblematic Virtues: The Orations for Ferdinand Carl and Sigismund Franz, Archdukes of Tirol
Cornelia Niekus Moore

8 The Concept of Heraldry in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century German-Speaking Territories as Seen through the Lens of Printed Wappenbücher
Kathleen Smith

9 Emblems in Motion: From the Altdorf Academy and the Nürnberg Town Hall to Sweden and the Colony of Pennsylvania
Mara R. Wade

Part 3: The Organization of Knowledge: Case Studies from the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel

10 “Mit vielen Concepten und sittlichen Lehren unterspickt”: Bibliographic Approaches and the Ethics of Early Modern Literature
Matthias Roick

11 Venice without Venice: Traces of Italian Printed Music in German Manuscripts during the Thirty Years’ War
Jason Rosenholtz-Witt

12 Why Is Boccaccio’s Decameron in the Ethica Section of the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbüttel?
Enrica Zanin

Renaissance scholars, book historians, students and scholars of early modern European and colonial literature and culture, text/image studies, emblems, musicologists, literature, translation studies.
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