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The Refracted Muse

Literature and Optics in Early Modern Spain

Enrique Garcia Santo-Tomas

The Refracted Muse

Enrique Garcia Santo-Tomas

Translated by Vincent Barletta
320 pages | 11 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2017
Paper $45.00 ISBN: 9780226465739 Published August 2017
Cloth $135.00 ISBN: 9780226376462 Published August 2017
E-book $10.00 to $45.00 About E-books ISBN: 9780226465876 Published August 2017
Galileo never set foot on the Iberian Peninsula, yet, as Enrique García Santo-Tomás unfolds in The Refracted Muse, the news of his work with telescopes brought him to surprising prominence—not just among Spaniards working in the developing science of optometry but among creative writers as well.
 
While Spain is often thought to have taken little notice of the Scientific Revolution, García Santo-Tomás tells a different story, one that reveals Golden Age Spanish literature to be in close dialogue with the New Science. Drawing on the work of writers such as Cervantes, Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca, and Quevedo, he helps us trace the influence of science and discovery on the rapidly developing and highly playful genre of the novel. Indeed, García Santo-Tomás makes a strong case that the rise of the novel cannot be fully understood without taking into account its relationship to the scientific discoveries of the period.
Contents
Preface
Introduction
I. Writing on the firmament
1. Observations
II. Galileo and his Spanish contemporaries
2. Foundations
3. Assimilations
4. Inscriptions
III. The science of satire
5. Situations
6. Explorations
IV. The refracted muse
7. Interventions
8. Reverberations
Conclusions
Notes
Works cited
Index
Review Quotes
Modern Philology
"One of those rare books that contribute to redefining a field . . . . The sheer erudition might in fact be overwhelming were it not for García Santo-Tomás’s engaging style and adept articulation of arguments that sustain one’s interest. . . . We are very fortunate to have this book, now exquisitely rendered in both the original Spanish and—owing to Vincent Barletta’s superb translation—in English . . . . If Enrique García Santo-Tomás hadn’t written it, I don’t know of anyone so knowledgeable and insightful about both seventeenth-century science and literature capable of doing so: we would have been left pretty much in the dark."
Hispanic Review
"This fascinating book rewrites the history of astronomy and optics in early modern Spain. . . . a ground-breaking study that shows that Spain did not turn away from science, but that it considered, discussed, and utilized some of the Italian experiments in the many literary genres of the period, and particularly in the novel. Lucid and learned, it is bound to fascinate those interested in early modern science and in the relations between science and literature, while providing new approaches to Spanish texts. Curious readers that turn their occhiali to this volume will be rewarded with new vistas and insights as the author unveils startling discoveries and shows the intimate relation between inventions and genres."
MarĂ­a M. Portuondo, Johns Hopkins University
“The greatest merit of The Refracted Muse is that by conceiving of the realms of scientific and cultural production as existing in a ‘shared universe’ it can explore how discipline-specific language accrues new meaning as it moves into new modes of artistic expression and audiences. This approach allows García Santo-Tomás to consider a significant number of examples—novels, essays, poems, and theater—through which to explore the reception and adoption of the telescope in Baroque Spain. There is no book in English on this subject—let alone one that surveys as effectively as this book does the telescope’s influence in both scientific and literary production of the Spanish Golden Age.”
Frederick de Armas, University of Chicago
“An immensely erudite and suggestive book, The Refracted Muse is not only a major contribution to the development of Spanish literature but also to the intersection between literature, astronomy, and optics. This new revised and translated version surpasses even the original. The translation is crisp, nuanced, and accurate, exhibiting the original as if it were through a lens that captures, clarifies, and amplifies its most important insights.”
Isis
"The Reflected Muse presents a refreshing perspective on the interaction between Baroque Spanish literature and the scientific developments of the seventeenth century, displaying both erudition and insight."
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