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The Refracted MuseLiterature and Optics in Early Modern Spain$
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Enrique Garciá Santo-Tomás

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780226376462

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226465876.001.0001

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(p.69) 2 Foundations
The Refracted Muse

Enrique García Santo-Tomás

, Vincent Barletta
University of Chicago Press

“Foundations” concentrates on the years in which Spanish fiction begins absorbing new ideas, dialogue with foreign titles, and understanding the uses of new measuring instruments as they arrived in the Iberian Peninsula. Its first part, “Science (and) fiction: Elements for a new mechanics,” examines a number of texts by Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616), Luis de Góngora (1561–1627), Lope de Vega, Alonso Jerónimo de Salas Barbadillo (1561–1635), and Tirso de Molina (1579–1648). It highlights the different tensions that arise from a personal and from an institutional point of view when these writers—some of them members of the church and educated under a Ptolemaic vision of the cosmos—incorporate new ideas coming from the writings of Johannes Kepler, Tycho Brahe, and Nicolaus Copernicus, among others.

Keywords:   Miguel de Cervantes, Luis de Góngora, Lope de Vega, Salas Barbadillo, Tirso de Molina

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