Time's Purpled Masquers: Stars and the Afterlife in Renaissance English Literature / Edition 1

Time's Purpled Masquers: Stars and the Afterlife in Renaissance English Literature / Edition 1

by Alastair Fowler
     
 


Alastair Fowler's fascinating study explores the extraordinary prominence of astronomical imagery in Renaissance literature. He describes the forgotten Renaissance beliefs about stellification, an afterlife in the stars through metamorphosis into stellar or angelic substance. The new astronomy of Copernicus and Brahe, far from working against religious beliefs,… See more details below

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Alastair Fowler's fascinating study explores the extraordinary prominence of astronomical imagery in Renaissance literature. He describes the forgotten Renaissance beliefs about stellification, an afterlife in the stars through metamorphosis into stellar or angelic substance. The new astronomy of Copernicus and Brahe, far from working against religious beliefs, encouraged hopes of access to the uncorrupted spheres. Fowler's many-faceted book scrutinizes these ideas--both sacred and scientific--as they manifested in literature, masques, architecture, and the pursuit of fame.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198183402
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
07/28/1996
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
5.65(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.69(d)
Lexile:
1470L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Histories of Heaven33
2Stellar Afterlives59
3Trumpets and Asterisms87
4Obelisks and Pyramids107
List of References129
Index165

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