International Margaret Cavendish Society Conference

To be held at

The University of Sheffield, June 28 to July 1, 2007

School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics
University of Sheffield, Sir William Empson House
Shearwood Road, Sheffield UK S10 2TD

Local Arrangements: James Fitzmaurice, Northern Arizona University and the University of Sheffield



June 28 (Thursday)

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Registration and Reception, Welcome from Andrew Linn, Deputy Head of the School of English. The University Arms

June 29 (Friday). All sessions on Friday in The University Arms

8:00 am to 8:20 am. Coffee, tea, biscuits

8:20 am to 8:30

Housekeeping Items James Fitzmaurice, Northern Arizona University and the University of Sheffield

8:30 am to 9:45 am. Session 1 Chair: Mihoko Suzuki, University of Maimi

War and Peace

Katherine Larson, University of Toronto. Wartime Conversations: Jane Cavendish's Occasional Poems.

Joanne Wright, University of New Brunswick. War and Masculinity in the Political Thought of Margaret Cavendish.

Erna Kelly, "The University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire. The Theatre of  Peace...on ...[it] I will...insist."


10:00 am to 12:00 noon. Session 2

Cavendish and Other Writers Chair: Cathy Shrank, University of Sheffield

Linda Burnett, Algoma University College (Laurentian University). 'Tis Pity She's a Whore Re-Visited: Margaret Cavendish's The Unnatural Tragedy.

Hilda Smith, University of Cincinnati. Margaret Cavendish and Thomas Hobbes's De Clive and Elements of Law.

Margaret Reeves, University of British Columbia-Okanagan. Strange Bedfellows: Cavendish, Milton, and Seventeenth-Century Politics.

Lise Schlosser, Northern Illinois University. Mrs. Dalloway and the Duchess: Virginia Woolf Reads and Writes Margaret Cavendish.

Miriam Wallraven, University of Giessen."I intreat the ingenuous Reader": Margaret Cavendish's Prefaces in the Context of Reader-response Theory and Roland Barthes' "texts of bliss."

Walk to Rutland Hotel for Lunch

12:15 pm to 1:15 pm. Conference Lunch at the Rutland Hotel

Walk back to University Arms

1:30 pm to 2:00 pm. Presidential Address, Brandie Siegfried, Brigham Young University

2:00 pm to 3:15 pm. Session 3

Newcastle and the Cavendish Family Chair: Tom Charlton, University of Sheffield

Trevor Foulds, Nottingham City Museums and Art Galleries. "Never man had a better freind then I": Father, Son and Nottingham Castle.

Elaine Walker, Independent Scholar. "Also he recreates himself with his pen": William Cavendish, Duke of Newcastle as Writer.

Mihoko Suzuki, The University of Miami. The Multiple Genres and Motives of the Life of the Duke.


3:30 pm to 4:20pm Session 4

Newcastle and Daughters Chair: Marcus Nevitt, University of Sheffield

Sally Hoare, University of Auckland, New Zealand. Playing the Rogue in Newcastle and Shadwell’s The Triumphant Widow.

Alexandra Bennett, Northern Illinois University. Filling In The Picture: Contexts and Contacts of Jane Cavendish.


4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Session 5

Special Session on Teaching Margaret Cavendish Chair: Elizabeth Scott-baumann, St. Edmund Hall, Oxford

Rosanne Denhard, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Learning through Performance: An Approach to Undergraduate Study of The Convent of Pleasure. (4:30 pm to 5:00 pm)


Gweno Williams, York St John University. "Future Ages" talk back: Margaret Cavendish in the C21 university curriculum. This special session will include discussion of current trends in and future possibilities for the teaching of Margaret Cavendish in the university classroom. (5:15 pm to 6:00 pm)

6:00 pm.

Dinner on your own

June 30 (Saturday). All sessions on Saturday in Theatre Workshop (Shearwood Road)

8:30 am to 8:50 am. Coffee, tea, biscuits

8:50 am- 9:00 am. Housekeeping Items (Includes Fire Safety) James Fitzmaurice, Northern Arizona University and the University of Sheffield

9:00 am to 10:45 am. Session 6

The European Connection, Life Abroad, Travel, and Maps Chair: Goran Stanivukovic, University of Sheffield

Madeline Dewhurst, Queen Mary, University of London. Lying Low: Why the Cavendishes Chose to Live in Antwerp During Their Exile.

Martine Van Elk, California State University, Long Beach. Margaret Cavendish and Anna Maria van Schurman: Boundary Crossers.

Ng, Su Fang, University of Oklahoma. Sugar and Spice: Cavendish, Eastern Trade, and Female Travelers.

Katherine Pilhuj, University of Miami. The Fort of her Chastity: Margaret Cavendish's Maps of Virtue in Love's Adventures.

11:00 am to 12:00 noon. Session 7

Plenary Address Introduction, Brandie Siegfried, Brigham Young University

Mary Baine Campbell, Brandeis University, Optics and 'Optics': Margaret Cavendish, Point of View and the Optical Revolution.

12:00 noon to 1:00 pm. Lunch on your own

1:00 pm to 2:15 pm. Session 8

The Blazing World and Poems and Fancies Chair: Susan Fitzmaurice, University of Sheffield

Tien-yi Chao, National Chengchi University (Taipei, Taiwan). The Tao of the Universe: An Alchemical Reading of The Blazing World (1666).

Jacob A. Tootalian, Texas A and M University. "Every Beast is a Philosopher": Fancy and the
Rational in The Blazing World.

Lisa Walters, University of St. Andrews. Science, Witches and Fairy Lore in the Travelling Spirit and Poems and Fancies.


2:30 pm to 3:45 pm Session 9

Medicine and Science Chair: Elizabeth Scott-baumann, St.Edmund Hall, Oxford

Deborah Boyle, College of Charleston. The Well-Ordered Body: Margaret Cavendish on Health and Disease.

Lisa Sarasohn, Oregon State University. Cavendish, "Female Principles in Nature" and the Merchant Thesis.

John Shannahan, De Paul University. From Drama to Science: Margaret Cavendish as Vanishing Mediator.


4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Plenary Address

Lucy Worsley, Royal Historic Palaces. The Making of the Exhibition "Royalist Refugees: William and Margaret Cavendish at the Rubenshouse (1648-1660)."


5:15 pm to 5:45 Business Meeting

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm Conference Dinner at the Rutland Hotel (Glossip Road). Sylvia Bowerbank Awards Presentation at 8:00.

July 1 (Sunday). All sessions on Saturday in Theatre Workshop (Shearwood Road)

9:30 am to 10:00 am Coffee, Tea, Biscuits

10:00 am to 10:50 am Session 10

Architecture and Music Session Chair: Leigh Carvill, University of York

Pamela Hammons, The University of Miami. Poetic Portraits of Cavendish Properties.

Sara Mendelson. McMaster University, Cavendish and Music.

11:10 to 11:45

Wrap-up panel

Sara Mendelson (Chair), Others TBA

Optional Trip to Bolsover

12:00 noon. Leave Sheffield (Meet Coach at the bottom of Northumberland Road near Glossip Road)

12:30 pm. Arrive Bolsover

12:30 pm. Lunch at Bolsover on your own in the Bolsover Lunchroom. This is a new facilty with good, museum-style food.

1:15 pm. Guided Tour with Lucy Worsley

3:00 pm. Bell in Campo in the Fountain Garden Courtyard

The play will be directed by Ian Gledhill of the Sheffield University Drama Society. For the Society website, click here.

5:00 pm. Depart Bolsover

6:00 pm. Arrive Sheffield


The Board of the international Margaret Cavendish Society
would like to thank the following for substantial finaicial support

Department of English, Brigham Young University
School of English, The University of Sheffield

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