The Palgrave Handbook of Early Modern Literature and Science

  • Howard Marchitello
  • Evelyn Tribble

Part of the Palgrave Handbooks of Literature and Science book series (PAHALISC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlvi
  2. Theorizing Early Modern Science and Literature

  3. Reading Matter

  4. Pre-disciplinary Knowledges

  5. Modalities

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 515-544

About this book


This book is about the complex ways in which science and literature are mutually-informing and mutually-sustaining. It does not cast the literary and the scientific as distinct, but rather as productively in-distinct cultural practices: for the two dozen new essays collected here, the presiding concern is no longer to ask how literary writers react to scientific writers, but rather to study how literary and scientific practices are imbricated. These specially-commissioned essays range across vast territories and produce seemingly unlikely unions: between physics and rhetoric, math and Milton, Boyle and the Bible, plague and plays, among many others. In these essays so-called scientific writing turns out to traffic in metaphor, wit, imagination, and playfulness normally associated with literature provides material forms and rhetorical strategies for thinking physics, mathematics, archeology, and medicine.


Plague Milton Medicine Metaphor Rhetoric Physics Early Modern Literature English literature history of literature inquiry literature methodology object science

Editors and affiliations

  • Howard Marchitello
    • 1
  • Evelyn Tribble
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EnglishRutgers University–CamdenCamden, NJUSA
  2. 2.Department of EnglishUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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