REVIEWS Enrique García Santo-Tomás. The Refracted Muse: Literature and Optics in Early Modern Spain. Translated by Vincent Barletta. u OF CHICAGO P, 2017. 320 PP. Antonio Barrera-osorio Colgate University THE oRIGINAL Book, Musa refractada. Literatura y óptica en la España del barroco (Iberoamericana / Vervuert, 2015), has been translated from Spanish by Vincent Barletta, who has done excellent work with the project. the book “explores the impact that advances in optics from the seventeenth-century scientific Revolution had in Baroque spain” (1). By optics the author means eyeglasses (including telescopes) and the astronomical ideas of copernicus and Galileo. the book reviews “a selection of novels published during the reign of Philip iii [1598–1621] and ends with the study of a handful of pieces that came to light at the very end of the seventeenth century” (x). Later, the author identifies this book’s focus as “the middle decades of the seventeenth century,” “which corresponds more or less neatly with the reign of Philip iV (1621–1665)” (3). It is organized in eight chapters with an introduction and conclusion. The introduction provides an overview of sixteenth-century science in spain and the spanish reception of copernicus—whose text became a “recommended reading in the 1561
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