Ann M. Blair

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Ann M. Blair
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Born 1961
Nationality American
Fields historian
Institutions Harvard University
Alma mater Harvard University;
University of Cambridge;
Princeton University.
Thesis Restaging Jean Bodin: the Universae Naturae Theatrum (1596) in its cultural context (1990)
Doctoral advisor Anthony Grafton

Ann M. Blair (/blɛər/; born 1961) is an American historian, and Henry Charles Lea Professor of History at Harvard University.[1]

She is most widely known for being the author of the bestselling book Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Age (2010).

Life[edit]

Blair studied at Harvard University, the University of Cambridge and Princeton University. At Princeton, she was the first graduate student of Anthony Grafton. She defended a dissertation entitled 'Restaging Jean Bodin: the Universae Naturae Theatrum (1596) in its cultural context' in 1990, which became the basis of her 1997 book. Since 1996 she has taught at Harvard University.

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Works[edit]

  • (ed. with Anthony Grafton, The Transmission of Culture in Early Modern Europe, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990, ISBN 978-0-8122-1667-7
  • The Theater of Nature: Jean Bodin and Renaissance Science, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997, ISBN 978-0-691-05675-3
  • "Reading Strategies for Coping with Information Overload, ca. 1550-1700," Journal of the History of Ideas 64 (2003), pp. 11–28.
  • "Note-Taking as an Art of Transmission," Critical Inquiry 31 (2004), pp. 85–107.
  • "Natural Philosophy" in The Cambridge History of Science, vol. 3: Early Modern Science, ed. Katharine Park and Lorraine Daston (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006), pp. 365–405.
  • "Organizations of Knowledge," in Cambridge Companion to Renaissance Philosophy, ed. James Hankins (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 287–303.
  • "Science and Religion," in Cambridge History of Christianity, vol. 6: Reform and Expansion, 1500–1660, ed. Ronnie Po-Chia Hsia (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. 427–45.
  • (ed. with Jennifer Milligan), a special issue of Archival Science 7:4 (2007) entitled "Toward a cultural history of archives," with a co-authored introduction, pp. 289–96
  • "Textbooks and Methods of Note-Taking in Early Modern Europe," in Scholarly Knowledge: Textbooks in Early Modern Europe, ed. Emidio Campi, Simone de Angelis, Anja-Silvia Goeing and Anthony Grafton (Geneva: Droz, 2008), pp. 39–73.
  • "Corrections manuscrites et listes d'errata à la Renaissance," in Esculape et Dionysos. Mélanges en l'honneur de Jean Céard, ed. Jean Dupèbe, Franco Giacone, Emmanuel Naya and Anne-Pascale Pouey-Mounou (Geneva: Droz, 2008), pp. 269–86.
  • "Disciplinary Distinctions before the 'Two Cultures,'" The European Legacy 13:5 (2008), pp. 577–88, in a special issue on "The Languages of the Sciences and the Languages of the Humanities," ed. Oren Harman.
  • The rise of note-taking in Early Modern Europe. Intellectual History Review 20(3): 303-16.
  • Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information before the Modern Age, Yale University Press, 2010

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