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Science, reading, and Renaissance literature [electronic resource] : the art of making knowledge, 1580-1670 /
Elizabeth Spiller.
imprint
Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
description
xi, 214 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0521830869 (hbk.)
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Book
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Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
isbn
0521830869 (hbk.)
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Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
8158069
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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'... a rewarding contribution to the intersections between literature and natural philosophy. ... powerful and rewarding, in large part thanks to her striking combinations of authors within chapters and her vigorous readings of a wide range of texts.' Minerva
"A similarly original, learned, and compelling book... Fascinating chapters brilliantly pair Sidney's Defence of Poesy and William Gilbert's On the Magnet, the accounts of creation/generation in Spenser's Faerie Queene with William Harvey's Disputations, Galileo's Starry Messenger and Johann Kepler's response in Dream, and finally Robert Hooke's Microcosmographia with Margaret Cavendish's writings, which present a vitalist theory of reading to oppose the mechanism of Hobbes and Hooke. Spiller's superb discussion of Cavendish places her appropriately in very serious company. Studies in English Literature
'Nowadays, we tend to think of science and literature as two cultures which have little in common, but Elizabeth Spiller's excellent study, Science, Reading, and Renaissance Literature, explores an age when these disciplines were united by a 'shared aesthetics of knowledge'. Spiller skilfully dismantles our current assumption that 'literature is fiction and science is fact', arguing that early modern writers understood that 'knowledge involves form as well as content ... Spiller's perceptive parallel readings of texts usually kept separate is a valuable addition to scholarship on the early modern period, as well as to the study of science and literature.' Times Literary Supplement
'Nowadays, we tend to think of science and literature as two cultures which have little in common, but Elizabeth Spiller's excellent study, Science, Reading, and Renaissance Literature, explores an age when these disciplines were united by a 'shared aesthetics of knowledge'. Spiller skillfully dismantles our current assumption that 'literature is fiction and science is fact', arguing that early modern writers understood that 'knowledge involves form as well as content ... Spiller's perceptive parallel readings of texts usually kept separate is a valuable addition to scholarship on the early modern period, as well as to the study of science and literature.' Times Literary Supplement
'Original, learned and compelling. Spiller's superb discussion of Cavendish places her appropriately in very serious company.' SEL
'Original, learned and compelling. Spiller's superb discussion of Cavendish places her appropriately in very serious company.' Studies in English Literature
'... richly-documented pages, written in a clear and pleasant style ...' Cahiers elisabèthains
'... richly-documented pages, written in a clear and pleasant style ...'Cahiers Élisabéthains
'… richly-documented pages, written in a clear and pleasant style …' Cahiers lisabthains
"Science, Reading, and Renaissance Literature is a smart and engaging contribution to our production of knowledge" The Spenser Review Mary Floyd-Wilson
'... she has opened the door to a complicated and complex area of study. Her linking of these radically different writers in seemingly disparate disciplines, her focus on sensory perception, and her discussion of the generation of knowledge are perceptive and illuminating ... the book is well worth the read.' Dr John Holmes, Lecturer in English, University of Reading
"Spiller offers some fascinating insights into how both imaginative and scientific writers in this great age of discovery used texts to create new knowledge through the process of reading. [...] Spiller's perceptive parallel readings of texts usually kept separate is a valuable addition to the scholarship on the early modern period, as well as to the study of science and literature." Times Literary Supplement
"Spiller's study of the practices of making knowledge charts new territory in the growing field of scholarship on science and literature...it demonstrates the powerful utility of literary analysis. Rather than place literature in the service of science or harvest scientific texts for their literary insights, Spiller sets the two discourses (which share a great deal) on equal footing, providing a truly interdisciplinary analysis of what it meant to make knowledge in the Renaissance." Sixteenth Century Journal Cynthia Klestinec, Georgia Institute of Technology
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Brings together key works in early modern science and literature (from the anatomy of William Harvey and the experimentalism of William Gilbert to the fictions of Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, and Margaret Cavendish) to explore how two cultures and disciplines, science and literature, developed through a shared aesthetic of knowledge.
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Science, Reading, and Renaissance Literature brings together key works in early modern science and imaginative literature (from the anatomy of William Harvey and the experimentalism of William Gilbert to the fictions of Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, and Margaret Cavendish). The book documents how what have become two cultures and disciplines, science and literature, have developed through a shared aesthetic of knowledge.
Main Description
Science, Reading, and Renaissance Literature brings together key works in early modern science and imaginative literature (from the anatomy of William Harvey and the experimentalism of William Gilbert to the fictions of Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser and Margaret Cavendish). The book documents how what have become our two cultures of belief define themselves through a shared aesthetics that understands knowledge as an act of making. Within this framework, literary texts gain substance and intelligibility by being considered as instances of early modern knowledge production. At the same time, early modern science maintains strong affiliations with poetry because it understands art as a basis for producing knowledge. In identifying these interconnections between literature and science, this book contributes to scholarship in literary history, history of reading and the book, science studies and the history of academic disciplines.
Main Description
This monograph documents the development of two cultures and disciplines: science and literature--through a shared aesthetic of knowledge. It brings together key works in early modern science and imaginative literature, ranging from the anatomy of William Harvey and the experimentalism of William Gilbert to the fiction of Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser and Margaret Cavendish.
Table of Contents
List of figures
Acknowledgements
Introduction: making early modern science and literature
Model worlds: Philip Sidney, William Gilbert and the experiment of worldmaking
From embryology to parthenogenesis: the birth of the writer
Reading through Galileo's telescope: Johannes Kepler's dream for reading knowledge
Books written of the wonders of these glasses
Afterword: fiction and the Sokal hoax
Notes
Index
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