A Pedagogy of Sight: Microscopic Vision in Robert Hooke’s Micrographia.

Quarterly Journal of Speech, Vol. 95, No. 2, pp. 192-209, 2009

Posted: 20 Dec 2009

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Jordynn Jack

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Robert Hooke’s Micrographia (1665) holds an important place in the history of scientific visual rhetoric. Hooke’s accomplishment lies not only in a stunning array of engravings, but also in a ‘‘pedagogy of sight’’ a rhetorical framework that instructs readers how to view images in accordance with an ideological or epistemic program. Hooke not only taught his readers how to view a new kind of image, but recruited potential contributors to the program of natural philosophy. In particular, Hooke taught his readers to see microscopic specimens as mechanical bodies, as evidence of divine creation, and as pleasant entertainment.

Keywords: visual rhetoric, microscope, Robert Hooke, rhetoric of science, body

Suggested Citation

Jack, Jordynn, A Pedagogy of Sight: Microscopic Vision in Robert Hooke’s Micrographia. (2009). Quarterly Journal of Speech, Vol. 95, No. 2, pp. 192-209, 2009 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1525901

Jordynn Jack (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( email )

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Chapel Hill, NC NC 27514
United States

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