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All are welcome to this evening event, the first in our Global Conversations series, connecting CEMS across continents and timezones. We welcome Dr Diana G. Barnes (UNE, Australia), whose topic is 'The Contested Bubble in Early Modern Writing'.
The bubble was so pervasive in early modern English writing that it seemed to mean everything and nothing. This paper will challenge the perception that the bubble is a pleasing but inconsequential literary conceit associated with the “bubbling brook” and other descriptions of moving water. This paper will argue that in medical, poetic, dramatic, philosophical, scientific, and religious genres and discourses the bubble was a focal point in an ideological contest for knowledge about the natural world and how to manage its volatile processes.
DIANA G. BARNES is a Lecturer at the University of New England, with particular interests in the gendering of intellectual history and the republic of letters. She is the author of Epistolary Community in Print, 1580-1664 (2013) and has published widely on authors including Brillana Harley, Marvell, and Margaret Cavendish as well as on how early modern literature shaped the Australian settler-colonial mindset. Current research projects include a study of early modern women’s use of stoic discourse (with Jacqueline Broad), emotions and letters (with Katie Barclay), civility and early modern genres of community, cultures of compassion, and a recently-contracted book on early modern bubbles.
University of Aberdeen can access the meeting via this teams invite. External guests must register via eventbrite.
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- Centre for Early Modern Studies, University of Aberdeen
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