International Margaret Cavendish Society Conference: Conference Program

11 May 2017

DRAFT PROGRAM

 

INTERNATIONAL MARGARET CAVENDISH SOCIETY

Presents

The 12th Biennial Conference

 

MARGARET CAVENDISH: RECEPTION AND REPRESENTATIONS

 

June 22 -- 24, 2017

All sessions in Pettengill Hall, G52, the Keck Classroom

BATES COLLEGE

 

Wednesday, 21 June

 

6:00 pm Registration and Reception at Benjamin Mays Center, Bates College

 

7:00 pm Film: “Margaret Cavendish, Virginia Woolf, and the Cypriot Goddess Natura,” a play by Jim Fitzmaurice, directed by Henry Bell, with actors from The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.

 

 

Thursday, 22 June   

 

 

8:30 am Registration

 

8:45 am

Welcome from Clayton Spencer, President of Bates College; announcements,

Cristina Malcolmson

 

9:00 am

Session 1 Cavendish: The Social, Cultural, and Regional Backgrounds

Chair: Edith Snook, University of New Brunswick

 

  • Sarah Beah Jacobson, Yale University, 

    • Genre, Imperialism, and Northernness

  • James Fitzmaurice, Northern Arizona University and The University of Sheffield

    • Margaret Cavendish as Observer and Participant in the Cultural Milieus of Paris and Antwerp

  • Sara Mendelson, McMaster University

    • Margaret Cavendish and Aphra Behn: a comparison of their interactions with contemporary readers

 

10:30 – 10:45 am Break: Coffee, tea, juice, water

 

10:45 am

Session 2 Cavendish and Her Contemporaries

Chair: Mihoko Suzuki, University of Miami

 

  • Marshelle Woodward. Canisius College

    • The Dissolving Worlds of Margaret Cavendish and Hester Pulter

  • Laura DeFurio, University of Alabama

    • Lucy Hutchinson and Margaret Cavendish: Women, Solitude, and the State

 

11:45 pm

Session 3 The Text, Electronic and Otherwise

Chair: Liza Blake, University of Toronto

 

  • Sarah Connell, Northeastern University

    • “The Text is Variety”: Contextualizing and Analyzing the Works of Margaret Cavendish with Text Encoding 

  • Shawn Moore, Florida SouthWestern State College and Jacob Tootalian, University of South Florida

    • “[L]ike to a Spiders Web”: The Digital Cavendish Project

 

12:45  Lunch Provided by the conference in the Bates Dining Commons

 

2:15 pm

Session 4 Cavendish’s Literary Influence

Chair: James Fitzmaurice, Northern Arizona University and The University of Sheffield

 

  • Ruth Trego, University of Miami  

    • The Way of The Blazing World: Locating the Feminist Touch between Margaret Cavendish and Siri Hustvedt

  • Lara Dodds, Mississippi State University

    • A London Guide for the Blazing Worlders; or, Notes Toward an Alternate History of Science Fiction and Fantasy

 

3:15 pm Session 5 Shame and Her Sisters: The Very Critical Reception of Margaret

Cavendish

 

Organizer and Chair, Mary Baine Campbell, Brandeis University

  • Cristina Malcolmson, Bates College

    • “Mad Madge” and Historians of Science

  • Marina Leslie, Northeastern University

    • In Defense of Not Defending Cavendish

  • Brandie Siegfried, Brigham Young University

    • The Mad, the Silly, and a Hint of the Sublime-to-Come: The Delicious Temptations of Margaret Cavendish

 

4:45 pm Break: Coffee, tea, juice, water, brownies and cookies

 

5:00 pm Session 6 Roundtable:  Reimagining Early Modern Women Authors for Modern Audiences

  • Lisa Walters, Liverpool Hope University 

  • Naomi Miller, Smith College,

  • James Fitzmaurice, Northern Arizona University and The University of Sheffield

 

6:00 pm Plenary:

Danielle Dutton reads from her novel Margaret the First, Pettengill Hall, G52, the Keck Classroom

 

 

 

Friday, 23 June

 

8:45 am

Announcements from Cristina Malcolmson

 

9:00 am

Session 7 Blazing World, Vision, and Natural Philosophy

Chair: Marina Leslie, Northeastern University

 

  • Maria Antònia Martí Escayol, Autonomous University of Barcelona

    • The Castilian translation of The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish

  • Sophia Richardson, Yale University

    • The Empress’s New Clothes: Margaret Cavendish’s Sartorial Epistemology in The Blazing World

  • Shannon Garner-Balandrin, Northeastern University

    • Splendor on the Backs of Fish-Men: Entangled Ecologies in The Blazing World

 

10:00 – 10:15 am Break: Coffee, tea, juice, water

 

10:15 am

Session 8 Cavendish’s Poetry

Chair: Lara Dodds, Mississippi State University

 

  • Edith Snook, University of New Brunswick

    • Margaret Cavendish and Early Modern Medical Writing in Poems and Fancies (1653/64)

  • Liza Blake, University of Toronto

    • A Thousand Lines of Non-Linear Poetry: Reading Cavendish’s Poems and Fancies, Part I

 

11:15 am

Session 9 Session Panel: Rethinking Domesticity and Science,

Organizer and Chair:  Rebecca Laroche, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

 

  • Mary Trull, St. Olaf College

    • Atomic Aesthetics and Aristocratic Women in Margaret Cavendish’s Poetry”

  • Jennifer Munroe, University of North Carolina, Charlotte

    • Kitchen entanglements: An Ecofeminist Rethink of Cavendish, Science, and the Domestic

  • Rebecca Laroche, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

    • Tending the Fire:A Refiguration of Gendered Interiors in Matrimonial Trouble

 

12:45 pm Lunch Provided by the Conference in the Bates Dining Commons

 

2:15 pm

Session 10 Utopias

Chair: Alexandra Bennett, Northern Illinois University

 

  • Lauren Liebe, Texas A&M University

    • Margaret Cavendish and Post-Restoration Political Utopia

  • Maureen McDonnell, Eastern Connecticut State University

    • A “place for freedom”: Staging segregation as utopia within The Convent of Pleasure

  • Emily Jones, University of South Florida

    • Worldbuilding

 

3:45 pm Session 11

Reading and Debating Margaret Cavendish

Chair: Chris Koester, University of Alabama

 

  • Katherine Landers, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    • The Readerly Interlude and Margaret Cavendish’s Prefaces

  • Promise Li, Occidental College

    • Reading Cavendish for the Vices

  • Barry Shelton, University of Georgia

    • “An Ingenious Opposer”: Margaret Cavendish and the Drama of Debate

 

5:15 pm Break: Coffee, tea, juice, water, brownies and cookies

 

5:30 -7:00 Plenary

Carolyn Merchant, University of California, Berkeley

Margaret Cavendish: Natural Philosopher and Feminist

 

7:00 pm Conference Dinner at Benjamin Mays Center, Bates College

 

 

Saturday, 24 June

 

8:45 am

Announcements from Cristina Malcolmson

 

9:00 am

Session 12 Reception History

Chair: Jacob Tootalian, University of South Florida

 

  • Hilda Smith, University of Cincinnati

    • How Historians and Literary Scholars treat Margaret Cavendish

  • Chris Koester, University of Alabama

    • Canonizing Cavendish: The Creation of a Literary Cult

 

10:00 am– 10:15 am Break: Coffee, tea, juice, water.

 

10:15 am

Session 13 The Cavendish Family

Chair: Brandie Siegfried, Brigham Young University

 

  • Alexandra Bennett, Northern Illinois University

    • Going Both Ways: Influence and Contribution in the Writings of Margaret and William Cavendish

  • Tanya Schmidt, New York University

    • “Lives or Lies”: Indirect Speech as “Feigned Orations” in Margaret Cavendish’s Life of William Cavendish

  • Erin Murphy, Boston University

    • Mercy, Martyrdom and the Execution of Charles Lucas: Reconsidering Margaret Cavendish’s Wartime Singularity

 

12:00 pm Lunch in the Dining Commons. Pick up packed lunch for Excursion.

 

12:30 am Excursion.  Meet in Fireplace Room in the Dining Commons.

 

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