Now we turn to suchÂ topics as intromission andÂ extramission, subjective and objective sense perception, and mirror-images. What do we learn fromÂ medieval theories of optics? And how might theyÂ add to our understanding of literary images andÂ moral vision?Â These are the sciences ofÂ the self.
- Chaucer, The Knightâ€™s Tale and Millerâ€™s Tale
- Chaucer,Â Merchant’s Tale
- Russell, â€œThe Emergence of Physiological Optics,â€ pp. 672-89, in vol. 2 of Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science (handout)
- Lindberg, â€œThe Western Reception of Arabic Optics,â€ 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,Â The Moral Treatise of the Eye (alternative reading if available)