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Chaucer the Alchemist : Physics, Mutability, and the Medieval Imagination (Hardcover) (Alexander N.

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The secrets of Nature's alchemy and the mysteries of "change" captivated both the scientific and literary imagination of the Middle Ages. Beneath the sphere of the moon in the medieval realm of mutability, the endless process of chemical transmutation of one element into another was seen as the basis of all physical change on Earth; human beings, animals, and all material things were thought to be part of a continual cycle of generation and corruption. This book investigates Chaucer's fascination with earthly mutability. Gabrovsky argues that an integrated knowledge of alchemy and physics is crucial to our understanding of the physical and psychological transformations central to Chaucer's poetry. He reveals that Chaucer's oeuvre represents a major contribution to the philosophy of physics, astronomy, alchemy, and logic, bringing to light a medieval worldview centered on the infinite variety of transformations in the natural world.

The secrets of Nature's alchemy and the mysteries of "change" captivated both the scientific and literary imagination of the Middle Ages. Beneath the sphere of the moon in the medieval realm of mutability, the endless process of chemical transmutation of one element into another was seen as the basis of all physical change on Earth; human beings, animals and all material things were thought to be part of a continual cycle of generation and corruption. This book investigates Chaucer's fascination with earthly mutability. Gabrovsky argues that an integrated knowledge of alchemy and physics is crucial to our understanding of the physical and psychological transformations central to Chaucer's poetry. He reveals that Chaucer's oeuvre represents a major contribution to the philosophy of physics, astronomy, alchemy, and logic. This study brings to light a medieval worldview centered on the infinite variety of transformations in the natural world.

Number of Pages: 291
Genre: Literary Criticism
Sub-Genre: Poetry
Series Title: New Middle Ages
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Author: Alexander N. Gabrovsky
Language: English
Street Date: September 16, 2015
TCIN: 46775822
UPC: 9781137541345
Item Number (DPCI): 247-52-0495
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