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Literary and Scientific Cultures of Early Modernity: Literary and Scientific Cultures of Early Modernity


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For more than a decade now, Literary and Scientific Cultures of Early Modernity has provided a forum for groundbreaking work on the relations between literary and scientific discourses in Europe, during a period when both fields were in a crucial moment of historical formation. We welcome proposals that address the many overlaps between modes of imaginative writing typical of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries”poetics, rhetoric, prose narrative, dramatic production, utopia”and the vocabularies, conceptual models, and intellectual methods of newly emergent 'scientific' fields such as medicine, astronomy, astrology, alchemy, psychology, mapping, mathematics, or natural history. In order to reflect the nature of intellectual inquiry during the period, the series is interdisciplinary in orientation and publishes monographs, edited collections, and selected critical editions of primary texts relevant to an understanding of the mutual implication of literary and scientific epistemologies.

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Francis Bacon and the Refiguring of Early Modern Thought Essays to Commemorate The Advancement of Learning (1605–2005)

Francis Bacon and the Refiguring of Early Modern Thought: Essays to Commemorate The Advancement of Learning (1605–2005)

1st Edition

By Catherine Gimelli Martin, Julie Robin Solomon
June 12, 2019

Commemorating the 400th anniversary of the publication of Francis Bacon's Advancement of Learning (1605), this collection examines Bacon's recasting of proto-scientific philosophies and practices into early modern discourses of knowledge. Like Bacon, all of the contributors to this volume confront ...

Ways of Knowing in Early Modern Germany Johannes Praetorius as a Witness to his Time

Ways of Knowing in Early Modern Germany: Johannes Praetorius as a Witness to his Time

1st Edition

By Gerhild Scholz Williams
April 25, 2006

Gerhild Scholz Williams's Ways of Knowing in Early Modern Germany: Johannes Praetorius as a Witness to His Time, reviews key discourses in eight of Praetorius's works. She introduces the modern reader to the kinds of subjects, the intellectual and spiritual approaches to them, and the genres that ...

Anamorphosis in Early Modern Literature Mediation and Affect

Anamorphosis in Early Modern Literature: Mediation and Affect

1st Edition

By Jen E. Boyle
November 30, 2016

Anamorphosis in Early Modern Literature explores the prevalence of anamorphic perspective in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in England. Jen Boyle investigates how anamorphic media flourished in early modern England as an interactive technology and mode of affect in public interactive ...

Disease, Diagnosis, and Cure on the Early Modern Stage

Disease, Diagnosis, and Cure on the Early Modern Stage

1st Edition

By Stephanie Moss, Kaara L. Peterson
August 26, 2016

This collection of essays makes an important contribution to scholarship by examining how the myths and practices of medical knowledge were interwoven into popular entertainment on the early modern stage. Rather than treating medicine, the theater, and literary texts separately, the contributors ...

Giordano Bruno and the Geometry of Language

Giordano Bruno and the Geometry of Language

1st Edition

By Arielle Saiber
January 20, 2005

Giordano Bruno and the Geometry of Language brings to the fore a sixteenth-century philosopher's role in early modern Europe as a bridge between science and literature, or more specifically, between the spatial paradigm of geometry and that of language. Arielle Saiber examines how, to invite what ...

Poetry and Ecology in the Age of Milton and Marvell

Poetry and Ecology in the Age of Milton and Marvell

1st Edition

By Diane Kelsey McColley
October 14, 2016

The focus of this study is the perception of nature in the language of poetry and the languages of natural philosophy, technology, theology, and global exploration, primarily in seventeenth-century England. Its premise is that language and the perception of nature vitally affect each other and that...

Science, Literature and Rhetoric in Early Modern England

Science, Literature and Rhetoric in Early Modern England

1st Edition

By David Burchell, Juliet Cummins
November 15, 2016

These essays throw new light on the complex relations between science, literature and rhetoric as avenues to discovery in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Scholars from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds examine the agency of early modern poets, playwrights, essayists, philosophers, ...

Staging Anatomies Dissection and Spectacle in Early Stuart Tragedy

Staging Anatomies: Dissection and Spectacle in Early Stuart Tragedy

1st Edition

By Hillary M. Nunn
November 11, 2016

Hillary M. Nunn here traces the connections between the London public's interest in medical dissection and the changing cultural significance of bloodshed on the early Stuart playhouse stage. Considering the playhouses' role within the social world of early modern London, Nunn explores the ...

The Birth of Mankind Otherwise Named, The Woman's Book

The Birth of Mankind: Otherwise Named, The Woman's Book

1st Edition

Edited By Elaine Hobby
March 24, 2009

Between 1540 and 1654, The Byrth of Mankynde was a huge commercial success. Offering information on fertility, pregnancy, birth, and infant care, and written in a chatty, colloquial style, it influenced most other literary works of the period bearing on sex, reproduction, and childcare. Until now, ...

Biblical Scholarship, Science and Politics in Early Modern England Thomas Browne and the Thorny Place of Knowledge

Biblical Scholarship, Science and Politics in Early Modern England: Thomas Browne and the Thorny Place of Knowledge

1st Edition

By Kevin Killeen
October 19, 2016

Kevin Killeen addresses one of the most enigmatic of seventeenth century writers, Thomas Browne (1605-1682), whose voracious intellectual pursuits provide an unparalleled insight into how early modern scholarly culture understood the relations between its disciplines. Browne's work encompasses ...

Medical Authority and Englishwomen's Herbal Texts, 1550–1650

Medical Authority and Englishwomen's Herbal Texts, 1550–1650

1st Edition

By Rebecca Laroche
September 09, 2016

The first study to analyze print vernacular folio herbals from the standpoint of gender and to present original findings to do with early modern women's ownership of these herbals, Medical Authority and Englishwomen's Herbal Texts also looks at reasons and contexts behind early modern female ...

Milton's Secrecy And Philosophical Hermeneutics

Milton's Secrecy: And Philosophical Hermeneutics

1st Edition

By James Dougal Fleming
November 11, 2016

Scientific modernity treats interpretation as a matter of discovery. Discovery, however, may not be all that matters about interpretation. In Milton's Secrecy, J. D. Fleming argues that the poetry and prose of John Milton (1608-1674) are about the presentation of a radically different hermeneutic ...

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