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Title Spectacular science, technology and superstition in the age of Shakespeare / edited by Sophie Chiari and Mickaël Popelard.

Publication Info. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2017]

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Description 1 online resource (x, 278 pages) : map.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 245-270) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Part I. Popular beliefs -- 'Science' of astrology in Shakespeare's sonnets, Romeo and Juliet and King Lear / François Laroque -- Staging devils and witches : had Shakespeare read Reginald Scot's The discoverie of witchcraft? / Pierre Kapitaniak -- Part II. Healing and improving -- "Remedies for life" : curing hysterica passio in Shakespeare's Othello, Macbeth and The Winter's tale / Sélima Lejri -- 'More, I prithee, more' : melancholy, musical appetite and medical discourse in Shakespeare's Twelfth night / Pierre Iselin -- Saving perfection from the alchemists : Shakespeare's use of alchemy / Margaret Jones-Davies -- Part III. Knowledge and (re)discoveries -- Of mites and motes : Shakespearean readings of epicurean science / Jonathan Pollock -- Shakespeare's Alhazen : Love's Labour's Lost and the history of optics / Anne-Valérie Dulac -- Shakespeare's Montaigne : maps and books in The Tempest / Frank Lestringant, translated by Sophie Chiari -- Unlimited science : the endless transformation of nature in Bacon and Shakespeare's The Tempest / Mickaël Popelard -- Part IV. Mechanical tropes -- 'Vat is the clock, Jack?' : Shakespeare and the technology of time / Sophie Chiari -- 'Wheels have been set in motion' : geocentrism and relativity in Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead / Liliane Campos -- Coda: Scepticism and the spectacular : on Shakespeare in an age of science / Carla Mazzio.
Summary By exploring particular aspects of Shakespearean drama, this collection illustrates how literature and science were inextricably linked in the early modern period. In order to bridge the gap between Renaissance literature and early modern science, the essays collected here focus on a complex intellectual territory situated at the point of juncture between humanism, natural magic and craftsmanship. It is argued that science and literature constantly interacted, thus revealing that what we now call 'literature' and what we choose to describe as 'science' were not clear-cut categories in Shakespeare's days but rather a part of common intellectual territory.-- Provided by publisher.
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Subject Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616 -- Knowledge -- Science.
Science -- History -- 16th century.
Science -- History -- 17th century.
Literature and science.
Chronological Term 1500-1699
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Electronic books.
Added Author Chiari, Sophie, editor.
Popelard, Mickaël, editor.
Other Form: Print version: Spectacular science, technology and superstition in the age of Shakespeare. Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, [2017] 9781474427814 (DLC) 2018295044 (OCoLC)981115627
ISBN 9781474427845 (electronic bk.)
1474427847 (electronic bk.)