The Machine in the Text: Science and Literature in the Age of Shakespeare and Galileo

Hardcover | July 2, 2011

byHoward Marchitello

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The reassessment of the 'two cultures' of art and science has been one of the most urgent areas of research in literary and historical studies over the last fifteen years. The early modern period is an ideal site for such an investigation precisely because of the pre-disciplinary nature of itsscience. The central focus of The Machine in the Text falls upon the wide-ranging practices of what will come to be called 'science' prior to its separation into a realm of its own, one of the legacies of the renaissance and its encounter with modernity. This book offers a new critical examinationof the complex and mutually-sustaining relationship between literature and science - and, more broadly, art and nature - in the early modern period. Redefining literature and art as knowledge-producing practices and, at the same time, recasting the practices of emergent science as imaginative and creative and literary, Howard Marchitello argues for a more complex understanding of early modern culture in which the scientific can be said toproduce the literary and the literary can be said to produce the scientific. Drawing upon recent work in the field of science studies and focusing on selected works of major writers of the period - including Bacon, Donne, Galileo, and Shakespeare, among others - he recovers a range of early moderndiscursive and cultural practices for a new account of the linked histories of science and literature.

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The reassessment of the 'two cultures' of art and science has been one of the most urgent areas of research in literary and historical studies over the last fifteen years. The early modern period is an ideal site for such an investigation precisely because of the pre-disciplinary nature of itsscience. The central focus of The Machine i...

Howard Marchitello is the author of Narrative and Meaning in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 1997) and editor of Thomas Middleton's The Mayor of Queenborough (Globe Quartos/Nick Hern Books, 2004) and What Happens to History: The Renewal of Ethics in Contemporary Thought (Routledge, 2001). He has published articles on...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:260 pagesPublished:July 2, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199608059

ISBN - 13:9780199608058

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Science Studies and Early Modern Literature and Culture2. Gray's Inn Revels, 1594-953. Hamlet's Machine4. Galileo's Telescope5. John Donne's New Science Writing6. Nature's Art7. Time's Arrow8. Conclusion: Being Archaic