My thesis intends to demonstrate how certain early alchemical writings exploit literary and linguistic devices in a way that the text becomes a reflection of the alchemical process itself. By mixing spiritual, philosophical and technical language, elements from different genres, a variety of cultural and literary references, and intricate imagery of various sorts, the text becomes an alchemy laboratory where the author experiments with familiar elements and transforms them into material that seems strange, impenetrable, yet compelling: an exquisite treasure for which the reader has to dig. Both deprived of and given enough information to be bewildered but not completely lost, the reader is prompted to take up the search that may or may not give access to the secret of alchemical knowledge.
My research is funded by the CAPES Foundation (Ministry of Education, Brazil. Process number: 88881.128135/2016-01).