COHFA | 16th Century British Literature

Title

Transformations: The Effects of Alchemy on Sixteenth Century English Literature

Presenter Information

Hunter HeathcottFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Literature

Minor

Biology

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Dr. Barbara Cobb

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Science has been evolving for centuries, just as the way humans have observed the world around them, and their understanding of the world, have changed. Literature, in turn, has also changed over time, yet one thing that remains consistent is that literature serves as a record for how one and one's contemporaries perceived their surroundings. By observation of sixteenth century literature from England, we are able to better understand how science at the the time was regarded. This paper aims to signify the importance of understanding past perceptions of the sciences as can be found in literature by reviewing a study of the sciences, most notably alchemy, found in sixteenth century English literature and how their presence affected humanism in the English Renaissance.

keywords: alchemy, literature, sixteenth century, humanism, English Renaissance

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Transformations: The Effects of Alchemy on Sixteenth Century English Literature

Science has been evolving for centuries, just as the way humans have observed the world around them, and their understanding of the world, have changed. Literature, in turn, has also changed over time, yet one thing that remains consistent is that literature serves as a record for how one and one's contemporaries perceived their surroundings. By observation of sixteenth century literature from England, we are able to better understand how science at the the time was regarded. This paper aims to signify the importance of understanding past perceptions of the sciences as can be found in literature by reviewing a study of the sciences, most notably alchemy, found in sixteenth century English literature and how their presence affected humanism in the English Renaissance.

keywords: alchemy, literature, sixteenth century, humanism, English Renaissance