Plant → animal → book: Magnifying a microhistory of media circuits

  title={Plant → animal → book: Magnifying a microhistory of media circuits},
  author={Whitney Anne Trettien},
  journal={postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies},
  • W. Trettien
  • Published 16 March 2012
  • History
  • postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies
In his Anatomy of Plants (1682), Royal Society Fellow Nehemiah Grew writes: ‘So that a Plant is, as it were, an Animal in Quires; as an Animal is a Plant, or rather several Plants bound up into one Volume.’ Zooming in on the circuit of metaphors packed into this sentence, this essay explores: (a) how medieval zoophytes – marvels like the vegetable lamb and the barnacle goose tree – spurred early modern experiments in comparative anatomy (‘a Plant is, as it were, an Animal … as an Animal is a… 
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