ENGL719I - Seminar in Renaissance Literature; Writing the Cosmos: Literature and Science in the Seventeenth Century
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Writing the Cosmos: Literature and Science in the Seventeenth Century

 
This seminar will explore the participation of literary writing in England's scientific revolution. We will use Paradise Lost as our central test case, taking Milton's cosmic epic as an opportunity to pose questions about the role of fiction in truth-telling, the perceptual and cognitive effects of poetic language, and the uses of natural history and theories of matter as resources for the literary imagination. As we work our way through the poem, we will look to other seventeenth-century authors -- e.g., Thomas Browne, Margaret Cavendish, and Anne Conway -- and to recent scholarship in literary studies, the history of science, the sociology of science, feminist science studies, and critical theory. 

Meets the Medieval and/or Early Modern requirement in the MA Literature track