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Aina Trias Verbeeck
Llibres d'animals a la monarquia hispànica, 1550-1650: Una aproximació Historiogràfica
Supervisor/s: Antoni Malet Tomàs
Date of defense: 05-09-2012

Our aim in this paper is to create a mapping of what we know the naturalist practices of the XVI and XVII centuries, taking the lapse 1550-1650 as referential years, and focusing specifically on the Animal Books’ tradition. Centring on the secondary sources, we want to point the principal historiographical questions being discussed around the development of Natural History: the epistemology of nature and the animal, evolution of the Books of Beasts, the peripheral publics and experts, the visual representation, the New World influence and how all these factors lead to the emergence of modern zoology in the XVIIIth century. Moreover, based on the selected primary sources, we want to discern how these questions about scientific practice are reflected in the in the Iberian context and the role played of the Hispanic production in the European configuration of this discipline. Finally, we would like to bring the attention to some aspects which, we think, need to be more accurately studied to be able to create a more precise picture of the relation human-nature in the Early Modern period.

 

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