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Ars Vivendi: The Poetics of Practicality in Late Medieval England
Lisa Cooper, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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"Figures for Gretter Knowyng: Forms in the Treatise on the Astrolabe" (Article)
Title: "Figures for Gretter Knowyng: Forms in the Treatise on the Astrolabe"
Author: Lisa H. Cooper
Abstract: This essay seeks to elucidate the conjuncture of literary art with science in Chaucer’s Treatise on the Astrolabe, one of the earliest of technical treatises in English. Turning in part to Caroline Levine’s recent work on wholes, rhythms, hierarchies, and networks, and noting the centrality of those very forms to premodern cosmology more broadly, it argues for seeing the Treatise as an education in and drama of overlapping forms, one in which its readers must participate as they look to more securely anchor themselves in the cosmos. Demonstrating that the concatenation of forms in the manual operates in the service poetic as well as practical ends, it further argues for seeing the Treatise as an integral part of the Chaucerian corpus rather than as a curious outlier.
Year: 2018
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Primary URL Description: Link to PDF of article. Hosted by Box at UW-Madison.
Secondary URL:
Secondary URL Description: Cambridge University Press website link for the essay collection *Chaucer and the Subversion of Form," in which this essay appears.
Access Model: Through author's personal Box file or purchase from Cambridge UP.
Format: Other
Publisher: Cambridge University Press