Lo spettacolo del cielo: la luna fra visione e finzione nel primo Seicento


Giulia Giannini (Università degli Studi di Milano)


The telescopic observations made by Galileo between 1609 and 1610 opened up new scenarios. His detailed descriptions of the Moon’s surface influenced the emergence of a new literary genre in which the celestial novelties were embedded in an imaginary narrative framework. This paper takes into account the epistemic and communicative function of imagination in two works immediately following the publication of the Sidereus Nuncius (1610): Kepler’s Somnium (1634) and Francis Godwin’s The Man in the Moone (1638).

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