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The Refracted Muse: Literature and Optics in Early Modern Spain

Enrique Garciá Santo-Tomás


The Refracted Muse: Literature and Optics in Early Modern Spain traces the arrival of Galileo Galilei’s telescope in Madrid in 1610, and its impact on 17th-century Spanish fiction. It examines a selection of satires, emblems, poems, and short dramatic pieces (and excerpts from longer ones) by writers such as Miguel de Cervantes, Félix Lope de Vega, Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Luis Vélez de Guevara, and Francisco de Quevedo, among others. It argues that the so-called ‘Scientific Revolution’ was much more noticeable in Spain than previously thought, given that many Spaniards, including those wor ... More

Keywords: Galileo Galilei, Spain, literature, optics, Baroque

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Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780226376462
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226465876.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Enrique Garciá Santo-Tomás, author
University of Michigan

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I Writing on the firmament

II Galileo and his Spanish contemporaries

III The science of satire

IV The refracted muse

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