Show simple item record Archer, Jayne 2008-11-12T12:39:41Z 2008-11-12T12:39:41Z 2005-01
dc.identifier.citation Archer , J 2005 , ' A ‘Perfect Circle'? Alchemy in the Poetry of Hester Pulter ' Literature Compass , vol 2 , no. 1 , pp. 1-14 . , 10.1111/j.1741-4113.2005.00160.x en
dc.identifier.issn 1741-4113
dc.identifier.other PURE: 84224
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/1063
dc.description Archer, Jayne, 'A ‘Perfect Circle'? Alchemy in the Poetry of Hester Pulter', Literature Compass (2005) 2(1) pp.1-14 RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract Relatively little is known about women's knowledge of natural philosophy in early modern England. Manuscript and printed receipt books show that women, by virtue of their work in the household, were experts in the alchemical processes of sublimation, fermentation, calcination and distillation. The poetry of Hester Pulter (1596–1678) is remarkable for a sophisticated use of terms, images and conceits drawn from alchemy. As such, it provides important evidence of one woman's imaginative and intellectual engagements with the experimental, esoteric and emblematic traditions in alchemy. Paying particular attention to a cycle of poems entitled 'The Circle', I show how Pulter tirelessly worked and reworked alchemical concepts and images, and, just like an alchemist, transformed them into something new. en
dc.format.extent 14 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Literature Compass en
dc.title A ‘Perfect Circle'? Alchemy in the Poetry of Hester Pulter en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.contributor.institution Department of English and Creative Writing en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en

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