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Science on Stage in Early Modern Spain

Science on Stage in Early Modern Spain

by Enrique Garcia Santo-Tomas (Editor)


Available for Pre-Order. This item will be available on March 22, 2019

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781487504052
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 03/22/2019
Series: Toronto Iberic Series
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Enrique García Santo-Tomás is the Frank P. Casa Collegiate Professor of Spanish at the University of Michigan.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

“Great Theatres of the World”
Enrique García Santo-Tomás

2. Technologies of Knowledge

“From Mesopotamia to Madrid: The Legacy of Ancient and Medieval Science in Early Modern Spain”
Ryan Szpiech
“The Technological Environment of the Early Modern Spanish Stage”
Alejandro García-Reidy
“Gridded Fascinations: Early Modern Drama’s Geometric Synthesis”
John Slater

3. Stages of Science

“Curing the Malady of Lovesickness: Medicine and Physicians in Early Spanish Theatre”
Julio Vélez Sainz
“Poison(ing) and Spanish Comedia”
Lourdes Albuixech
“The Soul under Siege: Strategy and Neostoicism in Calderón de la Barca’s El sitio de Bredá”
Stephen Rupp

4. Performing Numbers

“Figures of Arithmetic: Numeracy, Calculation, and Accounting in the Comedia”
Elvira Vilches
“Automatons and the Early Modern Drama of Skepticism”
Seth Kimmel
“Daedalean Epistemology: Staging the Labyrinth of Knowledge in Velázquez’s Las Hilanderas and Calderón’s Los tres mayores prodigios”
Matthew G. Ancell

5. Conclusion

“Looking Behind the Curtain: Clues of Early Modern Spanish Science”
María M. Portuondo


What People are Saying About This

Edward H. Friedman

"Enrique García Santo-Tomás is an acknowledged specialist in the area—his work is prolific, wide-ranging, meticulously researched, and always compelling—and he has assembled an impressive group of scholars, with distinct backgrounds, to contribute to this volume."

Dian Fox

"Science on Stage gives voice to a young generation of scholars who are attuned to current developments in cultural studies. The contributions shed light on what one might call theatrical science and scientific theatre for scholarly, as well as non-specialist, Spanish and English-speaking audiences. This volume will help remedy the failure to recognize scientific advancements manifested culturally in early modern Spain."