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By Genevieve Guenther

within the English Renaissance, poetry was once alleged to encourage ethical behaviour in its readers, however the efficacy of poetry was once additionally associated with 'conjuration,' the theologically harmful perform of invoking spirits with words. Magical Imaginations explores how significant writers of the interval ? together with Spenser, Marlowe, and Shakespeare ? negotiated this troubling hyperlink among poetry and magic of their makes an attempt to rework readers and audiences with the ability of paintings.

via analyses of texts starting from sermons and theological treatises to clinical tracts and felony files, Genevieve Guenther sheds new gentle on magic as a cultural perform in early glossy England. She demonstrates that magic was once a hugely pragmatic, even cynical activity infiltrating unforeseen spheres ? together with Elizabethan taxation coverage and Jacobean political philosophy. With this new figuring out of early glossy magic, and a clean context for compelling readings of vintage literary works, Magical Imaginations unearths the crucial value of magic to English literary history.

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