Flight and spaceflight in Romeo and Juliet

STEGGLE, Matthew (2017). Flight and spaceflight in Romeo and Juliet. In: EVANS, Robert, (ed.) Romeo and Juliet. Critical Insights . Salem Press. (In Press)

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Juliet is a small icy moon in orbit around the planet Uranus, 1.7 billion miles from earth. Romeo and Juliet also provides the source of one of the few Shakespeare quotations to have been sent into space; a nickname for Valentina Tereshkova, the first female cosmonaut; and, nearly, the name of the first manned spacecraft to land upon the moon's surface. Space enthusiasts, this essay argues, respond particularly strongly to Romeo and Juliet, because of that play's fascination with ideas of outer space and the possibility of reaching it. And yet scholarly attempts to talk about this play's "cosmology" tend to run into the sand in the quaint terminology of Ptolemaic spheres, epicycles, and astrology. Drawing attention in particular to the play's links to Doctor Faustus, this essay aims to rediscover the energy and urgency of Romeo and Juliet's fascination with the possibility of reaching outer space.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Humanities Research Centre
Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Humanities
Depositing User: Matthew Steggle
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2017 14:26
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 22:15
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/14148

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