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Time's Purpled Masquers – Stars and the Afterlife in Renaissance English Literature - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Time's Purpled Masquers: Stars and the Afterlife in Renaissance English Literature

Alastair Fowler


This book explores the extraordinary prominence of astronomical imagery in Renaissance literature. Although the stars were important astrologically, this is at best a partial explanation for the popularity of such imagery, and the impact of astronomical discoveries (particularly their implications for stellification, or translation to the stars) is also an important factor. Seventeenth-century culture was both religious and materialistic and the literature of the period shows a great variety of nego ... More

Keywords: Renaissance literature, stars, astronomical imagery, stellification, imagery, astrology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198183402
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198183402.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alastair Fowler, author
University of Virginia

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