August 13, 2014
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Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:00PM - 10:00PM • 119 O'Shaughnessy
“Her Good Desire”: Margaret Cavendish, Humoral Medicine, and Early Modern Infertility
Abstract: This presentation considers a little-explored side of the prolific seventeenth-century writer Margaret Cavendish by examining medical material in the family correspondence in the Portland Collection, University of Nottingham. Writing to William Cavendish, Marquis (and later Duke) of Newcastle, with prescriptions to treat melancholy, hypochondria, impotence, and infertility, chemical Galenist Sir Theodore de Mayerne adds salutations to Margaret for “the accomplishment of her good desire” in bearing children. Margaret proved, in Mayerne’s view, a difficult patient, who insisted on following her own regimen in purging, fasting, and blood-letting. And, in the event, the couple remained childless. Nonetheless, as the final portion of the presentation will explore, Margaret productively reworks humoral concepts of balance, temperance, conception, and birth in her writings and in fashioning herself as author, issuing forth poems, plays, letters, and philosophical prose. My focus on humoral medicine and gendered infertility provides a new lens on the debated issue of the conventionality versus the proto-feminism of Cavendish’s scientific thought. …
Fri Nov 14, 2014 12:00PM - 1:00PM • 339 O'Shaughnessy
Grasshopper Jungle is a novel about love. And growth. And God. And Polish ancestry. And bisexual love triangles. And Satan. And two-headed babies. And giant praying mantises. And pizza. And genetically modified corn. Known for its zaniness and complexity, this young adult novel is a captivating exploration of queerness, sexuality, and adolescence in a post-apocalyptic Midwestern context. Combining the thrill of speculative fiction with the heart of coming-of-age narratives, Andrew Smith's novel pushes readers to question the boundaries and possibilities of history, sexuality, and genre. …