Eileen Reeves

Professor of Comparative Literature
Office Phone
125 East Pyne

3Periods: Early Modernity

Languages: French, Italian

Research Interests: Early Modern Scientific Literature

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Eileen Reeves is Professor of Comparative Literature and an Associate Member of the Program in the History of Science at Princeton University. She took her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford.  She works at the intersection of early modern literary studies, the history of art, and the history of science. Much of her research has focused on the figure of Galileo Galilei and his relationship to astronomy, religion, optics, art, and a range of literary forms, including the scientific treatise and dialogue, poetry, dialect literature, journalism, and drama.  


Evening News: Optics, Astronomy and Journalism in Early Modern Europe (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014)

On Sunspots (with Albert van Helden) (University of Chicago Press, 2010) 
Galileo's Glassworks The Telescope and the Mirror (Harvard University Press, 2008) 
Painting the Heavens (Princeton University Press, 1997)