Tag Archives: embodiment

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 […]

Defining Culture via Performance – Roach and Kirshenblatt-Gimblett?

Preface: This is a meandering post. In reading Kirshenblatt-Gimblett’s chapter for my performance theory class a few weeks ago, I found myself constantly writing “Roach?” in the margins. I thought it was about time to get some of these swirling ideas out and attempt to articulate the connections I want to make between these two […]

Literary Memorials

In a recent class discussion on Joseph Roach’s Cities of the Dead, a fellow classmate (Andrea, I think it was) compared Roach’s ideas on memory and memorials to what we do in our field when we study literature. Literature as a kind of memorial. This seems an astute comparison and one that could be very […]