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Shakespeare's Double Helix

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Shakespeare's Double Helix by Henry S. Turner
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What does it mean to make life? This book focuses on one of the key questions for culture and science in both Shakespeare's time and our own. Shakespeare wrote "A Midsummer Night's Dream" during a period when the "new science" had begun to unsettle the foundations of knowledge about the natural world. Through close analysis of the play and reflection on modern genetic engineering, Turner examines developments in early modern culture as it sought to come to terms with the new forces of magic, astrology, alchemy and mechanics, fields of knowledge that preoccupied the most adventurous intellects of Shakespeare's period and that promised limitless power over nature. Shakespeare's writing sheds light on current developments in science, ethics, law, and religion in contemporary culture.This book reveals the richness and peculiarity of early scientific thought in Shakespeare's time and shows how the questions he poses remain fundamental as the nature of "life" has become one of the most pressing political, ethical, and philosophical problems for society today. "Shakespeare Now!" is a series of short books that engage imaginatively and often provocatively with the possibilities of Shakespeare's plays. It goes back to the source - the most living language imaginable - and recaptures the excitement, audacity and surprise of Shakespeare. It will return you to the plays with opened eyes.

Author Biography

Henry S. Turner is Assistant Professor at Rutgers University, USA. He is the author of The English Renaissance Stage: Geometry, Poetics, and the Practical Spatial Arts (OUP, 2006).
Release date NZ
December 20th, 2007
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Pages
144
Dimensions
129x198x11
ISBN-13
9780826491206
Product ID
1672610

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