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The Refracted Muse: Literature and Optics in Early Modern Spain

Events

Speaker:

Professor Enrique García Santo Tomás

Date:

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 12:00pm

Location:

Pigott Hall, Bldg. 260, Room 252

Type:

Lecture

The Refracted Muse: Literature and Optics in Early Modern Spain

When Galileo’s telescope arrived in Madrid in 1610, it not only changed the course of local science, but also became a pivotal image in the critique of contemporary society once it was incorporated into the lexicon of satires, emblems, sonnets, and allegorical dreams as anteojo de larga vista.  The passages analyzed in this talk help us see its rich presence in Spain, forcing us to rethink the artificial gap between scientific discourse and literary creation. Lunch will be served at the event.