Science, Literature, and Rhetoric in Early Modern England

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Juliet Cummins, David Burchell
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., Jan 1, 2007 - Literary Criticism - 241 pages
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These essays throw new light on the complex relations between science, literature and rhetoric as avenues to discovery in early modern England. Analyzing the contributions of such diverse writers as Shakespeare, Bacon, Hobbes, Milton, Cavendish, Boyle, Pope and Behn to contemporary epistemological debates, these essays move us toward a better understanding of interactions between the sciences and the humanities during a seminal phase in the development of modern Western thought.
  

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Contents

Mapping Regeneration in The Winter s Tale
37
Hobbes Science and Rhetoric Revisited
53
Reformed Catechism and Scientific Method in Miltons
75
Milton Bacon and the Royal
97
Understanding Margaret Cavendish
125
Literary Responses to Robert Boyles Natural Philosophy
145
Miltons Chaos in Popes London
165
Cosmology Geosymmetry and Skepticism in some
189
Bibliography
213
Index
233
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