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Published: 06 October 2016

280 Pages | 13 illus.


ISBN: 9780190269715

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The Theater of Experiment

Staging Natural Philosophy in Eighteenth-Century Britain

Al Coppola

  • The first study of the relationship of science, spectacle, and the theater in Restoration and Enlightenment culture
  • Demonstrates heretofore unrecognized importance of women authors and audiences for the establishment of modern science
  • The first sustained interpretation of early pantomimes outside of literary/theatrical frame
  • Makes the controversial claim that late eighteenth-century elite science reorients itself around female spectatorial subjectivity