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Jenny C. Mann and Debapriya Sarkar, workshop on “Imagining Early Modern Scientific Forms”

Monday, October 1, 2018 at 4:30pm

Klarman Hall, K155
232 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853

At this meeting of the Global Early Modern Studies Colloquium, Jenny C. Mann (Cornell, English) and Debapriya Sarkar (University of Connecticut, Avery Point, English and Maritime Studies) will workshop the Introduction to their co-edited special issue of Philological Quarterly titled Imagining Early Modern Scientific Forms (forthcoming Winter 2020). The title of their introduction is “Capturing Proteus,” and the text is approximately 6,000 words.

This special issue of Philological Quarterly explores the ways in which the field of early modern literature and science—including its engagement with the history of science, science and technology studies, and the philosophy of science—intersects with the renewed focus in literary studies on aesthetic forms and “new formalisms.” We assert that the discourses of “literature” (encompassing imaginative writing in all its genres as well as the language arts of rhetoric and poetics) and “science” (broadly conceived as the physical and natural sciences, including medicine and the occult arts as well as natural philosophy and mathematics) are equally necessary to recover the diverse meanings of “form” in early modern thought. This special issue undertakes this task of recovery, focusing in particular on the ways in which literary techniques and knowledges shape the conception of “scientific forms” in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

Jenny and Debapriya are eager for feedback on their Introduction—particularly its conceptual and methodological interventions—and offer thanks to the workshop participants for assisting in their editorial process!


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