Review of: The Automaton in English Renaissance Literature

Abstract : Early modern automata were not exemplars of the new science or a crucial step in a story of technological progress. On the contrary, automata only rarely embodied a mechanistic worldview. More commonly, they were suggestive of magic and were viewed as a source of wonder. The contributors to the book helpfully relate Renaissance automata to a variety of contexts, including matter theory, the Reformation, the theatre, royal entries, magic, pleasure gardens and poetry. They avoid presenting a unitary perspective on automata, allowing for the divergent views of historical actors to come to the fore.
Keywords : automaton literature
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Koen Vermeir. Review of: The Automaton in English Renaissance Literature. Isis, University of Chicago Press, 2014, 105 (2), pp.426--427. ⟨halshs-01454112⟩



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