Medieval Optics and Theories of Light in the Works of Dante (Studies in Italian Literature v. 8)

Medieval Optics and Theories of Light in the Works of Dante (Studies in Italian Literature v. 8)

By: Simon A. Gilson (author)Hardback

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This study investigates Dante's knowledge of several traditions of the extensive medieval literature on light and optics and examines how he assimilates and reworks related imagery, themes, and motifs in his writing.

Contents

Part 1 Optical science in Dante's thought and poetry: the science of "perspective" - light, vision and optics in the 13th century; optics and vision in Dante before the "Comedy"; aspects of vision in the "Comedy" - blinding, optical illusions and visual error; light reflection, mirrors and meteorological optics in the "Comedy". Part 2 Theories of light in Dante: Dante and the "metaphysics of light" - a reassessment; light in the cosmos and in God's creative act; adaptations drawn from light in the imagery and doctrine of the "Paradiso"; conclusion; appendix.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780773478084
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 316
  • ID: 9780773478084
  • ISBN10: 0773478086

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