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Sickly Mountain sides

Sickly Mountain sides

Chapter:
(p.80) Chapter 4 Sickly Mountain sides
Source:
Exterranean
Author(s):
Phillip John Usher
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823284221.003.0005

This chapter offers a counter-reading of Georgius Agricola’s De re metallica (On Mining) (1556), the first major printed book about mining. Usually understood within a teleological narrative of technological progress, it is here argued that Agricola’s work also, and despite itself, gives a voice to the extraction sites from which matter is extracted.

Keywords:   Agricola, De re metallica, extraction, mining, Ovid

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