Abstract

Gabriel Harvey's witty use of a quotation from Ovid on the occasion of the earthquake of 1580 is the point of departure for exploring the several ways in which a contemporary debate about literature, logic, and natural causes was carried out through the mediation of classical texts. At the explosive intersection of Harvey's Socratic wit and Ramist logic, a buried reference to Lucretius sets into motion a number of deeper questions about the nature of literary and natural digressions, and about the ironic ends of a method that demands order, both for its ancient texts and for the natural world.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1935-0236
Print ISSN
0034-4338
Pages
pp. 792-832
Launched on MUSE
2008-10-03
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived 2009
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