GREENSBORO, N.C. – Sheila J. Nayar, a professor of English, Communication and Media Studies at Greensboro College, has published a book examining the effects of technology on early-modern literature.
“Renaissance Responses to Technological Change,” published by Palgrave Macmillan, examines how three 16th-century innovations – gunpowder, the printing press and the magnetic compass – affected not only literature but also cultural and social structures.
Ultimately, Nayar writes, literature did not just react to print, powder and compass but also actually developed new ways of seeing, knowing, and being in the world.
Reviewer Thomas J. Misa, Professor of the History of Technology at the University of Minnesota, called the book “one of the finest and most sophisticated studies of literature and technology in the past two decades.”
Nayar has published three other books, as well as numerous scholarly articles in such journals as Journal of the American Academy of Religion; PMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association of America; and Studies in Philology.
Nayar holds a B.A. from Concordia University, an M.F.A. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She joined the Greensboro College faculty in 1999.
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