Research

Monograph in Progress

Tangible Forms: Poetry, Science, and Early Modern Women’s Knowledge Making traces the collision of women’s poetic practice and emerging scientific methods in early modern England. Seventeenth-century women poets, I argue, used their writing as a tool for exploring and representing women’s unique knowledge making practices. Alongside close readings of poetry by Mary Sidney, Hester Pulter, Margaret Cavendish, and others, I track developing methods in anatomy, natural history, and medicine, as well as scientists’ attempts to transfer knowledge gained through hands-on practice into texts. Reading women’s poetry through the history of science archive reveals a shared set of tangible forms—textual representations that cue hands-on work and collaborate with the materials out of which they are made—that characterize early modern poetic and scientific work.

Published Work

Reading Anatomy Texts Like Poetry (and why we should do it more often).” The Collation, Folger Shakespeare Library Blog. 2021.

Invocation of the Elements.” By Hester Pulter (Poem 41, Amplified Edition). The Pulter Project: Poet in the Making. Eds. Leah Knight and Wendy Wall. 2021.

Pulter’s Garden” (Poem 118, Curation). The Pulter Project: Poet in the Making. Eds. Leah Knight and Wendy Wall. 2021.

The Algorithm’s Needlework Origins.” The Sundial, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. 2021.

Before Lovelace.” Lady Science. 2020.

The Snail, the Tulip, and the Bee.” By Hester Pulter (Poem 118, Amplified Edition). The Pulter Project: Poet in the Making. Eds. Leah Knight and Wendy Wall. 2020.

Review: Early Modern Manuscripts Online.” Early Modern Digital Review 3.2 (Summer 2020).

“Knowing Mary Wroth’s Pamphilia.” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 19.3 (Summer 2019): 1-35.

“Granular Reading: Texture, Language, and Surface Marks in Titus Andronicus.” Titus Andronicus: The State of Play. Ed. Farah Karim-Cooper. Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2019. 179-99.

Digital Feminist Archives.” The Recipes Project. 2019.

“Feminist Queer Temporalities in Aemilia Lanyer and Lucy Hutchinson.” Co-authored with Penelope Anderson. Gendered Temporalities in the Early Modern World. Ed. Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks. Amsterdam University Press, 2018. 159-84.

“Intimate Correspondence: Negotiating the Materials of Female Friendship in Margaret Cavendish’s Sociable Letters.” Women’s Writing 26.4 (2019): 456-472.