The Refracted Muse: Literature And Optics In Early Modern Spain by Enrique Garcia Santo-tomasThe Refracted Muse: Literature And Optics In Early Modern Spain by Enrique Garcia Santo-tomas

The Refracted Muse: Literature And Optics In Early Modern Spain

byEnrique Garcia Santo-tomas

Paperback | August 7, 2017

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Galileo never set foot on the Iberian Peninsula, yet, as Enrique García Santo-Tomás unfolds in The Refracted Muse, the news of his work with telescopes brought him to surprising prominence—not just among Spaniards working in the developing science of optometry but among creative writers as well.
While Spain is often thought to have taken little notice of the Scientific Revolution, García Santo-Tomás tells a different story, one that reveals Golden Age Spanish literature to be in close dialogue with the New Science. Drawing on the work of writers such as Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca, and Quevedo, he helps us trace the influence of science and discovery on the rapidly developing and highly playful genre of the novel. Indeed, García Santo-Tomás makes a strong case that the rise of the novel cannot be fully understood without taking into account its relationship to the scientific discoveries of the period.
Enrique García Santo-Tomás is the Frank Casa Collegiate Professor of Spanish at the University of Michigan. Vincent Barletta is associate professor of comparative literature and Iberian and Latin American cultures at Stanford University.  
Title:The Refracted Muse: Literature And Optics In Early Modern SpainFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:August 7, 2017Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022646573X

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Table of Contents

I. Writing on the firmament
1. Observations
II. Galileo and his Spanish contemporaries
2. Foundations
3. Assimilations
4. Inscriptions
III. The science of satire
5. Situations
6. Explorations
IV. The refracted muse
7. Interventions
8. Reverberations
Works cited

Editorial Reviews

“An immensely erudite and suggestive book, The Refracted Muse is not only a major contribution to the development of Spanish literature but also to the intersection between literature, astronomy, and optics. This new revised and translated version surpasses even the original. The translation is crisp, nuanced, and accurate, exhibiting the original as if it were through a lens that captures, clarifies, and amplifies its most important insights.”