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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.157) 6 Explorations
The Refracted Muse

Enrique García Santo-Tomás

, Vincent Barletta
University of Chicago Press

“Explorations” gives an account of a slightly different perspective, that of the aerial voyage, as it reveals the impact of Galileo’s oeuvre on the writers who chose this narrative device. The section “The social critique in the universe of glass” reviews the novel that most comprehensively contributed to this dialogue, Luis Vélez de Guevara’s El diablo cojuelo (The limping devil, 1641), which provides the first direct mention in Spanish of the famous astronomer. “Dream/vigil: Moons, moles, and lunatics in the poetry of the Baroque” traverses the literary skies with Juan Enríquez de Zúñiga (ca. 1580–1642) and Anastasio Pantaleón de Ribera in their particular conflation between the Ptolemaic and the Copernican, mixing the old and the new in a bitter denunciation of contemporary mores.

Keywords:   satire, Madrid, aerial voyage, social critique, Vélez de Guevara, El Diablo Cojuelo, Juan Enríquez de Zúñiga

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