The Renaissance Drama of Knowledge: Giordano Bruno in England

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Routledge, Sep 20, 2012 - History - 228 pages
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Giordano Bruno’s visit to Elizabethan England in the 1580s left its imprint on many fields of contemporary culture, ranging from the newly-developing science, the philosophy of knowledge and language, to the extraordinary flowering of Elizabethan poetry and drama.

This book explores Bruno's influence on English figures as different as the ninth Earl of Northumberland, Thomas Harriot, Christopher Marlowe and William Shakespeare. Originally published in 1989, it is of interest to students and teachers of history of ideas, cultural history, European drama and renaissance England.

Bruno's work had particular power and emphasis in the modern world due to his response to the cultural crisis which had developed - his impulse towards a new ‘faculty of knowing’ had a disruptive effect on existing orthodoxies – religious, scientific, philosophical, and political.

 

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Contents

1 THE BRUNIAN SETTING
1
2 THE NORTHUMBERLAND TEXTS
35
HARRIOTS PAPERS
49
DR FAUSTUS
74
HAMLET
114
WORDS FOR POSTERITY
163
SAXON BRUNO
165
BRUNOSHAKESPEARE CRITICISM
168
NOTES
189
INDEX
223
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Hilary Gatti taught for many years at the University of Rome, La Sapienza. Her books include "Giordano Bruno and Renaissance Science" and "The Renaissance Drama of Knowledge: Giordano Bruno in England." She is also the editor of "Giordano Bruno: Philosopher of the Renaissance.

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