Light and Death: Figuration in Spenser, Kepler, Donne, Milton by Judith H. AndersonLight and Death: Figuration in Spenser, Kepler, Donne, Milton by Judith H. Anderson

Light and Death: Figuration in Spenser, Kepler, Donne, Milton

byJudith H. Anderson

Hardcover | January 2, 2017

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Light figures being; darkness, death. Bridging mathematical science, semantics, rhetoric, grammar, and major poems, Judith H. Anderson seeks to negotiate writings from multiple disciplines in the shared terms of poiesis and figuration rather than as cultural opposites.Analogy, a type of metaphor, has always been the connector of the known to the unknown, the sensible to the infinite. Anderson's study moves from the figuration of light and death to the history of analogy and its pertinence to light in physics and metaphysics, from Kepler to Donne, Spenser, andMilton. Topics proliferate: creativity, optics, the relation of literature to science, the methodology of thought and argument, and the processes of narrative, discovery, and interpretation.
Judith H. Anderson is Chancellor's Professor of English Emeritus at Indiana University. Her books include Words That Matter: Linguistic Perception in Renaissance English; Translating Investments: Metaphor and the Dynamic of Cultural Change in Tudor-Stuart England (Fordham); and Reading the Allegorical Intertext: Chaucer, Spenser, Shake...
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Title:Light and Death: Figuration in Spenser, Kepler, Donne, MiltonFormat:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9 × 6 × 0 inPublished:January 2, 2017Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Issues of Death, Light, and Analogy1. "The Body of This Death": Donne's Sermons,Spenser's Maleger, Milton's Sin and Death2. Mutability and Mortality in The Faerie Queene 3. Satanic Ethos: Evil, Death, and Individuality inParadise Lost4. Connecting the Cultural Dots: Classical to ModernTraditions of Analogy5. Proportional Thinking in Kepler's Science of Light6. Analogy, Proportion, and Death in Donne'sAnniversaries7. Milton's Twilight Zone: Analogy, Light, and Darknessin Paradise LostAcknowledgmentsNotesIndex

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"This fascinating book is above all a contribution to the history of early modern science that helps an ongoing critical process of revisionism by showing how both scientific and poetic thought use analogy in similar ways. It is also fascinating in its unusual structure: it allows us accessto Anderson's subtle critical mind in the process of building interpretations." --Leah Marcus, Vanderbilt University