The papers in this volume contribute to the interdisciplinary study dramatic transformations in a wide array of human endeavors (political, artistic, literary, scientific and technological) in Early Modern Europe. All but one of the essays presented here are revised and extended versions of papers delivered at conference sponsored by Binghamton University's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in 2004 centered on the theme of "Science, Literature, and the Arts in the Medieval and Early Modern World".
Dr. Sara L. French teaches in the Faculty of Landscape Architecture at the State University of New York College of Environmental Studies and Forestry. She received her Ph.D. in Architectural History from Binghamton University. Dr. Kay Etheridge is Associate Professor of Biology at Gettysburg College. She received her Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Florida.
Preface by Jonathan Seitz; The Edges of Extension and the Limits of the Text: Leibniz, Materiality, and History - Daniel Selcer; The Holy Laws of Nature: Vallisneri, Antediluvian Men and the Flood - Michael Cunningham; Loathsome Beasts: Images of Reptiles and Amphibians in Art and Science - Kay Etheridge; Technocrat of Gunpowder and Cannon: Satan's Mechanical Contrivances in Paradise Lost's War in Heaven - Elizabeth Oldman; To Mine for Truth: The Metaphor of Mining in Francis Bacon's The Great Instauration - Lauren Klein; Gender and Scientific Authority: Huarte de San Juan's Examen de ingenios and Oliva Sabuco's Nueva filosofia - Beatriz Cruz-Sotomayor; Building Gender into the Elizabethan Prodigy House - Sara L. French; 'That Awful Throne:' Donne, Behn, and the Culture of Dissection - Roberta Martin; Bibliography.