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Mystical Metal of Gold: Essays on Alchemy and Renaissance Culture

Mystical Metal of Gold: Essays on Alchemy and Renaissance Culture (Hardback)

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Continuing strong interest in alchemy and hermeticism in many academic fields is reflected in the growing number of scholarly books and articles, specialized journals, colloquia and conferences, and university-level courses and seminars devoted to these and related subjects. Furthermore, as a visit to virtually any bookshop reveals, there exists a large - perhaps steadily increasing - popular and semi-popular market for these works. Two related characteristics mark the academic, research-oriented side of this burgeoning enterprise: its interdisciplinary nature and its tendency to reassess and reinterpret, often radically, the authors, works, and ideas that are its focus, frequently with the result of discovering a high level of alchemical and hermetic interest where previously it had not been suspected or at least readily admitted. This collection of new essays reflects this groundswell of activity, touching on fields as diverse as history of science and medicine, literature, history, art history and iconography, philosophy, religion, and numismatics. Contributors include both internationally known scholars and several new and original voices.

The period of focus is 1500 to 1700 and essays on both English and Continental culture are included. The book's title, "Mystical Metal of Gold," alluding to alchemy's spiritual and physical - esoteric and exoteric - dimensions, itself suggests the rich diversity of this vital field of research.

Art, Fashion & PhotographyArt monographs, history & theoryHistory of art / art & design stylesHistory of art: c 1400 to c 1600 incl the RenaissanceEssays & WritingLiterary CriticismLiterary studies: generalLiterary studies: c 1500 to c 1800Philosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesReligion & BeliefsAlternative belief systemsOccult studies Publisher: AMS Press Publication Date: 15/12/2006 ISBN-13: 9780404623425  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Stanton J. Linden is Professor Emeritus of English at Washington State University. He has published widely, served as general editor of the reprint series English Renaissance Hermeticism, and for twenty years prior to retirement as editor of the journal Cauda Pavonis: Studies in Hermeticism.

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