The Artisan as Work of Art

The Artisan as Work of Art ??? COHPAnATIST REVIEW ESSAYS JAMES S. AMELANG. The Flight ofIcarus: Artisan Autobiography in Early Modern Europe. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1998. 497 pp. THE ARTISAN AS WORK OF ART James S. Amelang's The Flight ofIcarus contributes to the ongoing critical reinterpretation of the complex historical figure called the "modern subject." But where other studies tend to apply complex theoretical schemes to familiar monuments of high literary and intellectual culture, Amelang approaches the question in frankly historical terms and draws his material from strictly noncanonical sources. As indicated in his subtitle, Amelang addresses "autobiography" in the broadly calls the "middle state" inhabited by "the mechanick part ofmankind." His authors are thus all of popular origins--weavers, tanners, goldsmiths, shopkeepers, and (though more rarely) peasants located on the margin of the cultural elite. Some of the texts touched on in Amelang's survey have of course been studied before: Cen- inclusive sense of "self-writing" by members of what Defoe's Robinson Crusoe Zemon Davis's Fiction in the Archives, or the innumerable studies devoted to the nini's Craftsman 's Handbook, Léry's Voyage to Brazil, or Amelang's own prime example, Miquel Parets's chronicle ofpublic events in seventeenth-century Barcelona, are all well known to students of Renaissance http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

The Artisan as Work of Art

The Comparatist, Volume 25 (1) – Oct 3, 2001

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??? COHPAnATIST REVIEW ESSAYS JAMES S. AMELANG. The Flight ofIcarus: Artisan Autobiography in Early Modern Europe. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1998. 497 pp. THE ARTISAN AS WORK OF ART James S. Amelang's The Flight ofIcarus contributes to the ongoing critical reinterpretation of the complex historical figure called the "modern subject." But where other studies tend to apply complex theoretical schemes to familiar monuments of high literary and intellectual culture, Amelang approaches the question in frankly historical terms and draws his material from strictly noncanonical sources. As indicated in his subtitle, Amelang addresses "autobiography" in the broadly calls the "middle state" inhabited by "the mechanick part ofmankind." His authors are thus all of popular origins--weavers, tanners, goldsmiths, shopkeepers, and (though more rarely) peasants located on the margin of the cultural elite. Some of the texts touched on in Amelang's survey have of course been studied before: Cen- inclusive sense of "self-writing" by members of what Defoe's Robinson Crusoe Zemon Davis's Fiction in the Archives, or the innumerable studies devoted to the nini's Craftsman 's Handbook, Léry's Voyage to Brazil, or Amelang's own prime example, Miquel Parets's chronicle ofpublic events in seventeenth-century Barcelona, are all well known to students of Renaissance

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