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Anne Frances Janowitz
Queen Mary University of London (London N10 1DN United Kingdom)

Commonplaces of the Night Sky in English Poetry, 1729-1900

STELLAR POETICS: POETIC COMMONPLACES OF THE NIGHT SKY 1729-1880 analyses the traditions, themes, and topics of ‘night sky poetry.’ This 100,000 word book and bibliography of poems offers a comprehensive study of a ubiquitous though neglected genre of English poetry. Topics include: 1) poetic tradition (the genres of landscape poetry); 2) repeated themes and metaphors of night sky poetry-- for example, comets as omens and orbits, stars as ‘hieroglyphics of the night’, and the contest between street-light and starlight; 3) theories of infinity: the inter-related histories of the discourse of the sublime, and of the understanding of infinity within natural philosophy and mathematics.

Project fields:
British Literature

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

Total amounts:
$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2008 – 12/31/2008