Now we turn to such topics as intromission and extramission, subjective and objective sense perception, and mirror-images. What do we learn from medieval theories of optics? And how might they add to our understanding of literary images and moral vision? These are the sciences of the self.
- Chaucer, The Knight’s Tale and Miller’s Tale
- Chaucer, Merchant’s Tale
- Russell, “The Emergence of Physiological Optics,” pp. 672-89, in vol. 2 of Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science (handout)
- Lindberg, “The Western Reception of Arabic Optics,” pp. 716-29, in vol. 2 of Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science (handout)
- Benvenutus Grassus, The Wonderful Art of the Eye: A Critical Edition of the Middle English Translation of his De Probatissima Arte Oculorum (excerpts to be circulated)
- Peter of Limoges, The Moral Treatise of the Eye (alternative reading if available)