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John Norden's the Surveyor's Dialogue (1618)

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Though John Norden's text The Surveyor's Dialogue is remarkable for the unique commentary it provides regarding the social and economic changes affecting agrarian life in early modern England, until now there has been no modern edition of the text available. The text itself-a series of dialogues between a fictional surveyor and several interlocutors, including a Farmer, a Lord (landowner), a Bailiff (manorial officer) and a Purchaser of land-is enriched by Mark Netzloff's extensive introduction and critical apparatus.Netzloff here analyzes the place of The Surveyor's Dialogue within critical explorations of the agrarian roots of English capitalism; he situates the text in relation to two literary genres that registered most directly the effects of agrarian capitalism, 16th-century complaint literature and handbooks for agricultural improvement. He also explains the conditions of manorial communities, an often overlooked social unit in early modern England. Finally, he considers the social position of the surveyor, a figure whose presence testified to the increasing commercialization of agrarian social relations, yet whose expertise was used to offset the destabilizing effects of capitalist agricultural practices. An appendix isincluded that lists Norden's published and manuscript works.This critical edition of The Surveyor's Dialogue constitutes an important contribution to early modern scholarship, and it will be invaluable to historians of science as well as literary scholars.

Table of Contents

Introduction — Text of The Surveyor's Dialogue — Textual notes.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781409403753
Publisher:
Ashgate Gower
Subject:
History : Modern - 17th Century
Editor:
Netzloff, Mark
Author:
Norden, John
Subject:
Agriculture
Subject:
Surveying
Subject:
Science : Earth Sciences - Geography
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Edition Description:
A Critical
Publication Date:
September 2010
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English
Pages:
266

Related Subjects

Engineering » Civil Engineering » Surveying
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » Geography » General
History and Social Science » World History » 1650 to Present
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

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