Tag Archives: Cavendish

Networking Women: Digital Tools and the Archive

Yesterday I gathered with a fantastic team of fellow IU Bloomington early modern scholars for a satellite session of the Six Degrees of Francis Bacon Networking Women event. The event proved incredibly satisfying – nationwide efforts, based at Carnegie Mellon and several satellite locations, resulted in 117 new person entries, 225 new relationship links, and […]

Mistaken Rhetoric: Cavendish’s Observations Upon Experimental Philosophy

Our reading group this week tackled Margaret Cavendish’s Observations Upon Experimental Philosophy (1666). Since I started reading Cavendish (many years ago, now), I’ve always been struck by her prefatory material—first, just the sheer amount of it for any given text and, second, her emphasis on mistakes. Many of her prefaces include warnings and comments on […]

Why “spinning with the braine”?

The quote underlined in the image shown here is from Margaret Cavendish’s dedicatory epistle to Poems and Fancies (1653). Out of this image comes my first blog post and the title of my blog because, thus far, this quote has been the wellspring of my academic interests. Prior to discovering Cavendish and stumbling upon this (revelatory, inspirational, […]