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Eileen Reeves examines a web of connections between journalism, optics, and astronomy in early modern Europe, devoting particular attention to the ways in which a long-standing association of reportage with covert surveillance and astrological prediction was altered by the near simultaneous emergence of weekly newsheets, the invention of the Dutch telescope, and the appearance of Galileo Galilei's astronomical treatise, The Starry Messenger.

Early modern news writers and consumers often understood journalistic texts in terms of recent developments in optics and astronomy, Reeves demonstrates, even as many of the first discussions of telescopic phenomena such as planetary satellites, lunar craters, sunspots, and comets were conditioned by accounts of current events. She charts how the deployment of particular technologies of vision—the telescope and the camera obscura—were adapted to comply with evolving notions of objectivity, censorship, and civic awareness. Detailing the differences between various types of printed and manuscript news and the importance of regional, national, and religious distinctions, Evening News emphasizes the ways in which information moved between high and low genres and across geographical and confessional boundaries in the first decades of the seventeenth century.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
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  1. Chapter 1. Jesuits on the Moon
  2. pp. 29-56
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  1. Chapter 2. Medici Stars and the Medici Regency
  2. pp. 57-100
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  1. Chapter 3. Galileo Gazzettante
  2. pp. 101-134
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  1. Chapter 4. Cameras That Don’t Lie
  2. pp. 135-164
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  1. Chapter 5. Cameras That Do
  2. pp. 165-205
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  1. Chapter 6. Rapid Transport
  2. pp. 206-230
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  1. Conclusion
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  1. Notes
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  1. Bibliography
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  1. Index
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  1. Acknowledgments
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780812209488
Related ISBN
9780812245745
MARC Record
OCLC
876736277
Pages
328
Launched on MUSE
2014-04-15
Language
English
Open Access
No
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