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Spectacular Science, Technology and Superstition in the Age of Shakespeare

Sophie Chiari and Mickaël Popelard


Back in the late 1950s, C.P. Snow famously defined science negatively by separating it from what it was not, namely literature. Such polarization, however, creates more problems than it solves. By contrast, the two co-editors of the book have adopted a dialectical approach to the subject, and to the numerous readers who keep asking themselves “what is science?”, we provide an answer from an early modern perspective, whereby “science” actually includes such various intellectual pursuits as history, poetry, occultism, or philosophy. Each essay illustrates one particular aspect of Shakespeare’s w ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, Stage, Science, Knowledge, Superstition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781474427814
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474427814.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sophie Chiari, editor
Blaise Pascal University

Mickaël Popelard, editor

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Sophie Chiari and Mickaël Popelard

Part I Popular Beliefs

Part II Healing and Improving

Part III Knowledge and (Re)Discoveries

Chapter 8 Shakespeare’s Montaigne: Maps and Books in The Tempest

Frank Lestringant, translated by Sophie Chiari

Part IV Mechanical Tropes

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