Book ID: CBB451589652

Milton and the new scientific age : Poetry, science, fiction (2019)

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Martin, Catherine Gimelli (Editor)


Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group


Publication Date: 2019
Edition Details: Book series: Routledge studies in Renaissance literature and culture, no. 51
Physical Details: 242
Language: English

Milton and the New Scientific Age represents significant advantages over all previous volumes on the subject of Milton and science, as it includes contributions from top scholars and prominent beginners in a broad number of fields. Most of these fields have long dominated work in both Milton and seventeenth-century studies, but they have previously not included the relatively new and revolutionary topic of early modern chemistry, physiology, and medicine. Previously this subject was confined to the history of science, with little if any attention to its literary development, even though it prominently appears in John Milton's Paradise Lost, which also includes early "science fiction" speculations on aliens ignored by most readers. Both of these oversights are corrected in this essay collection, while more traditional areas of research have been updated. They include Milton's relationship both to Bacon and the later or Royal Society Baconians, his views on astronomy, and his 'vitalist' views on biology and cosmology. In treating these topics, our contributors are not mired in speculations about whether or not Milton was on the cutting edge of early science or science fiction, for, as nearly all of them show, the idea of a 'cutting edge' is deeply anachronistic at a time when most scientists and scientific enthusiasts held both fully modern and backward-looking beliefs. By treating these combinations contextually, Milton's literary contributions to the 'new science' are significantly clarified along with his many contemporary sources, all of which merit study in their own right. (Publisher)

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Review Tawrin Baker (Fall 2022) Review of "Milton and the new scientific age : Poetry, science, fiction". Renaissance Quarterly (pp. 1115-1116). unapi

Includes Chapters

Chapter Stephen R. Fallon (2019) John Milton, Isaac Newton and the Life of Matter. In: Milton and the new scientific age : Poetry, science, fiction (pp. 211-238). unapi

Chapter Charlotte Nicholls (2019) "By gradual scale sublimed": Chymical medicine and monist human physiology in John Milton's Paradise Lost. In: Milton and the new scientific age : Poetry, science, fiction (pp. 167-191). unapi

Chapter Marisa Bruce (2019) The 'Middle Spirits' of the Moon: Soteriology in Frances Godwin's The Man in the Moone. In: Milton and the new scientific age : Poetry, science, fiction (pp. 150-164). unapi

Chapter Webster, Erin (2019) Starry Messengers: Galileo and the Role of the Observer in Paradise Lost. In: Milton and the new scientific age : Poetry, science, fiction (pp. 127-149). unapi

Chapter John Rumrich (2019) Does Milton's God Play dice with the universe?. In: Milton and the new scientific age : Poetry, science, fiction (pp. 108-126). unapi

Chapter Pavneet Aulakh (2019) "Small things discover great": "Lower Wisdom" in Paradise Lost. In: Milton and the new scientific age : Poetry, science, fiction (pp. 53-76). unapi

Chapter Martin, Catherine Gimelli (2019) Two Baconian poets, one Baconian epic: Milton, Cowley and the Royal Society. In: Milton and the new scientific age : Poetry, science, fiction (pp. 19-52). unapi

Chapter Martin, Catherine Gimelli (2019) Introduction: Encountering the new modern: Seventeenth century science, poetry and fiction. In: Milton and the new scientific age : Poetry, science, fiction (pp. 1-16). unapi

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Authors & Contributors
Martin, Catherine Gimelli
Trubowitz, Rachel
Robinson, Benedict
Lee, Daniel D.
Webster, Erin
Stephen R. Fallon
Journals
Configurations: A Journal of Literature, Science, and Technology
Publishers
Routledge
Ashgate
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Maryland, College Park
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Oxford University Press
Concepts
Science and literature
Poetry and poetics
Medicine
Science and religion
Paracelsianism
Gardens
People
Milton, John
Shakespeare, William
Galilei, Galileo
Donne, John
Cavendish, Margaret, Duchess of Newcastle
Bacon, Francis, 1st Baron Verulam
Time Periods
17th century
Early modern
16th century
15th century
Renaissance
18th century
Places
England
Institutions
Royal Society of London
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