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

Howard Marchitello

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199608058
eISBN:
9780191729492
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608058.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare Studies

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 ... More


Nature's Art

Howard Marchitello

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

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199608058
eISBN:
9780191729492
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199608058.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature, Shakespeare Studies

This chapter begins with a discussion of The Winter's Tale in which we see Shakespeare negotiating the art–nature contest in two complexly related moments. The first is Polixenes' declaration that ... More


Alchemy and the Art-Nature Debate

in Promethean Ambitions: Alchemy and the Quest to Perfect Nature

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226577128
eISBN:
9780226577135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226577135.003.0003
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines alchemy and the art–nature debate. The topic of equaling nature by fooling the eye or of outdoing nature's power by producing an object more aesthetically appealing than any in ... More


The Visual Arts and Alchemy

in Promethean Ambitions: Alchemy and the Quest to Perfect Nature

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226577128
eISBN:
9780226577135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226577135.003.0004
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter describes the relationship between visual arts and alchemy. Early modern practitioners of the visual arts were keenly interested in alchemy as a body of technical processes, especially ... More


The Art-Nature Debate and the Issue of Experiment

in Promethean Ambitions: Alchemy and the Quest to Perfect Nature

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226577128
eISBN:
9780226577135
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226577135.003.0006
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines the art–nature debate and the issue of experiment. The art–nature debate provides direct evidence to dismantle a common view of premodern science, the noninterventionist ... More


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