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The Blazing World (original 1666; edição 2012)

por Margaret Cavendish

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First published in 1666, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle's Description of a New World, Called the Blazing Worldis the first fictional portrayal of women and the new science. In Blazing World, Cavendish depicts her heroine, the Empress, in multiple roles. The Empress is leader of a dreamlike utopian world reachable through the North Pole, filled with talking animals and intelligent hybrid creatures. She establishes a royal society of scientists, initiates learned conferences, interrogates existing knowledge, and spends her days speculating on natural philosophy. She also forms a lively intellectual collaboration with the "Duchess of Newcastle," a female character summoned from Earth. A companion volume to Cavendish's important Observations upon Experimental Philosophy, Blazing Worldis the first science-fiction novel known to have been written and published by a woman, and represents a pioneering female scientific utopia. This Broadview Edition includes related historical materials on the new science and Cavendish's role in the intellectual world of her time.… (mais)
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Título:The Blazing World
Autores:Margaret Cavendish
Informação:First Rate Publishers, Kindle Edition, 94 pages
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A weird bit of philosophy and proto-sci-fi. Ignores the rules of any conventional story, features parallel worlds, astral-projection, submarines made of gold and many sorts of animal men including Lice-men. Best approached as a piece of philosophy rather than sci-fi but quite interesting. ( )
  wreade1872 | Nov 28, 2021 |
The rating here is a very conflicted four, because this is a very well written book of-its-time, but it has not aged well. In particular the ‘different races do different things well’ is heavy handed, and the section on ‘Jewish Cabbala’ was just, urgh.

This is utopian fiction, but rather than being about a utopia for all, it seems to be about utopia for one. By which the person gets abducted, and then becomes the uncontested leader of a new world. Where there are jewels beyond compare, and people to do their bidding.

Overall, fascinating in a ‘reading historical texts’ way, but I don’t recommend it as pleasure reading. ( )
  fred_mouse | Mar 20, 2021 |
> Le Monde glorieux est à l'image de ce personnage contradictoire. L'appariement a de quoi nous surprendre. Roman philosophique, roman utopique décevant, comme le sont la plupart des inventions utopiques, roman féministe, il vire, lorsque son impératrice convoque l'âme de Margaret Cavendish comme scribe, à la science-fiction, les deux personnages étant entraînés dans des aventures irrésumables où se mêlent l'autobiographie, le plaidoyer et les inventions les plus loufoques. --Danieljean (Babelio)
  Joop-le-philosophe | Feb 12, 2021 |
I was very surprised to learn that many people believe Cavendish's work can be summarized, and that you don't need to read it, because the ideas are all that matters. The ideas aren't all that interesting, despite various editors and commentators' attempts to make her a feminist icon or whatever (n.b.: if you're really into the history of philosophy and science in the 17th century, you might well find it interesting to work out where Cavendish sits in the various debates of the period; suffice to say, the ideas she has are not all that often very good).

What is interesting is her style: it's a bit like reading Gulliver-era Swift. Everything is perfectly clear, without being monotonous or boring; Cavendish was, I would say, a great anti-Ciceronian. 21st century readers will find her far, far more readable than most prose writers of her era (compare Milton and Cavendish, for instance). Perhaps people have mentioned this before; I'm at the start of my reading/reading about Cavendish, and all I have to go on so far is the introduction to the Penguin edition, which is full of 'information' about how the author delighted in "the subversive potential of generic and intellectual hybridization," and uses the phrase "hermaphrodites of nature" as if it were an example of this... when, in the text, it's used as a criticism of dualism. God the early 90s were bad for literary criticism. ( )
  stillatim | Oct 23, 2020 |
Ahem: "Written By the Thrice Noble, Illustrious, and Excellent PRINCESSE, THE Duchess of Newcastle."

It is about a lady who becomes the all-powerful Empress of a parallel world connected to earth via the North Pole. It is a strange and great thing to exist in the world. I could go on about how it is a really excellent way to understand European conceptions of gender, power, colonialism, and otherness in the mid-17th century, but instead:

"The rest of the Inhabitants of that World, were men of several different sorts, shapes, figures, dispositions, and humors, as I have already made mention, heretofore; some were Bear-men, some Worm-men, some Fish- or Mear-men, otherwise called Syrens; some Bird-men, some Fly-men, some Ant-men, some Geese-men, some Spider-men, some Lice-men, some Fox-men, some Ape-men, some Jack daw-men, some Magpie-men, some Parrot-men, some Satyrs, some Gyants, and many more, which I cannot all remember; and of these several sorts of men, each followed such a profession as was most proper for the nature of their Species, which the Empress encouraged them in, especially those that had applied themselves to the study of several Arts and Sciences; for they were as ingenious and witty in the invention of profitable and useful Arts, as we are in our world, nay, more; and to that end she erected Schools, and founded several Societies. The Bear-men were to be her Experimental Philosophers, the Bird-men her Astronomers, the Fly- Worm- and Fish-men her Natural Philosophers, the Ape-men her Chymists, the Satyrs her Galenick Physicians, the Fox-men her Politicians, the Spider- and Lice-men her Mathematicians, the Jackdaw- Magpie- and Parrot-men her Orators and Logicians, the Gyants her Architects, &c." ( )
  behemothing | Oct 25, 2014 |
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First published in 1666, Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle's Description of a New World, Called the Blazing Worldis the first fictional portrayal of women and the new science. In Blazing World, Cavendish depicts her heroine, the Empress, in multiple roles. The Empress is leader of a dreamlike utopian world reachable through the North Pole, filled with talking animals and intelligent hybrid creatures. She establishes a royal society of scientists, initiates learned conferences, interrogates existing knowledge, and spends her days speculating on natural philosophy. She also forms a lively intellectual collaboration with the "Duchess of Newcastle," a female character summoned from Earth. A companion volume to Cavendish's important Observations upon Experimental Philosophy, Blazing Worldis the first science-fiction novel known to have been written and published by a woman, and represents a pioneering female scientific utopia. This Broadview Edition includes related historical materials on the new science and Cavendish's role in the intellectual world of her time.

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