Literature, Medicine, and Science

Karen L. Edwards

in The Oxford Handbook of Literature and the English Revolution

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199560608
Published online January 2013 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Literature

Literature, Medicine, and Science

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This article examines the polemical literature of the mid-seventeenth century. It looks at how medical and scientific concerns emerged in the literature of the mid-seventeenth century and the strategies by which modern literary scholarship seeks to understand them. The analysis focuses on Paradise Lost but it also considers the writing of Andrew Marvell, Thomas Browne, Thomas Hobbes, and Abraham Cowley.

Keywords: polemical literature; medicine; science; Paradise Lost; Andrew Marvell; Thomas Browne; Thomas Hobbes; Abraham Cowley

Article.  8055 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Literary Studies (1500 to 1800)

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