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The Seeds of Things: Theorizing Sexuality and Materiality in Renaissance Representations

Jonathan Goldberg

Abstract

The title of this book translates one of the many ways in which Lucretius names the basic matter from which the world is made in De rerum natura. For Lucretius, and in the strain of thought following his study, matter is always in motion, always differing from itself and yet always also made of the same stuff. From the pious Lucy Hutchinson's all but complete translation of the Roman epic poem to Margaret Cavendish's repudiation of atomism (but not of its fundamental problematic of sameness and difference), a central concern of this book is how a thoroughgoing materialism can be read alongside ... More

Keywords: Lucretius, De Rerum natura, matter, motion, Lucy Hutchinson, Margaret Cavendish, materialism, Christianity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780823230662
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823230662.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Goldberg, author