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Losing touch with nature : literature and the new science in sixteenth-century England, Mary Thomas Crane

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Losing touch with nature : literature and the new science in sixteenth-century England
Title
Losing touch with nature
Title remainder
literature and the new science in sixteenth-century England
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Mary Thomas Crane
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Language
eng
Summary
During the scientific revolution, the dominant Aristotelian picture of nature, which cohered closely with common sense and ordinary perceptual experience, was completely overthrown. Although we now take for granted the ideas that the earth revolves around the sun and that seemingly solid matter is composed of tiny particles, these concepts seemed equally counterintuitive, anxiety provoking, and at odds with our ancestors{u2019} embodied experience of the world. In Losing Touch with Nature, Mary Thomas Crane examines the complex way that the new science{u2019}s threat to intuitive Aristotelian notions of the natural world was treated and reflected in the work of Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare, and other early modern writers. Crane breaks new ground by arguing that sixteenth-century ideas about the universe were actually much more sophisticated, rational, and observation-based than many literary critics have assumed. The earliest stages of the scientific revolution in England were most powerfully experienced as a divergence of intuitive science from official science, causing a schism between embodied human experience of the world and learned explanations of how the world works. This fascinating book traces the growing awareness of that epistemological gap through textbooks and natural philosophy treatises to canonical poetry and plays, presciently registering and exploring the magnitude of the human loss that accompanied the beginnings of modern science. --Provided by publisher
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DLC
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1956-
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Crane, Mary Thomas
Dewey number
820.9/003
Index
index present
LC call number
PR418.S64
LC item number
C74 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • English literature
  • Literature and society
  • Literature and science
  • England
Label
Losing touch with nature : literature and the new science in sixteenth-century England, Mary Thomas Crane
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Aristotelian naturalism and its discontents -- Losing touch with nature -- Spenser and the new science -- Shakespeare: New forms of nothing -- Matter and power -- Epilogue: What about Bacon?
Control code
879584165
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 227 pages
Isbn
9781421415314
Lccn
2014006749
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)879584165
Label
Losing touch with nature : literature and the new science in sixteenth-century England, Mary Thomas Crane
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Aristotelian naturalism and its discontents -- Losing touch with nature -- Spenser and the new science -- Shakespeare: New forms of nothing -- Matter and power -- Epilogue: What about Bacon?
Control code
879584165
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 227 pages
Isbn
9781421415314
Lccn
2014006749
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)879584165

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