Pforzheimer Lecture Series featuring Dr. Liza Blake

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Pforzheimer Lecture Series featuring Dr. Liza Blake

Pforzheimer Lecture Series continues with "How a 17th-century Woman Writer Can Revitalize the History of the Book," a talk by Dr. Liza Blake

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Harry Ransom Center 300 West 21st Street Austin, TX 78712

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NOTE: Reservations are only requested for those attending in-person.

In an era when many women refused to put their writing into print, polymath Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle (1623–1673) not only insisted on print as the best medium for her drama, philosophy, poetry, and science fiction, but also was meticulously involved in her books' creation and customization, both during and after the printing process.

As part of the Pforzheimer Lecture Series, Dr. Liza Blake, Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, will highlight Cavendish's work to craft a reputation by carefully managing the distribution of her writing.

In addition to sharing her findings about the many ways Cavendish worked to make each book its own unique object—including custom bindings, annotations with "glitter pen," frontispieces, and materials included only in copies going to distinguished recipients—Blake will argue that focusing on Cavendish and her books has the potential to reorient the fields of early modern book history and textual bibliography.


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Can't make it to the Ransom Center? Watch the program live on YouTube. Following the talk, a recording will be availabe online. No registration necessary. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to be notified when we go live.


Dr. Liza Blake is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Toronto, working on the intersection of literature, philosophy, and science in early modernity. She has co-edited the collection Lucretius and Modernity and the scholarly edition Arthur Golding’s A Moral Fabletalk and Other Renaissance Fable Translations, and has published in the journals postmedieval and SEL. She is currently at work on a project entitled “Choose Your Own Poems and Fancies: An Interactive Digital Edition and Study of Margaret Cavendish’s Atom Poems.”


The Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Lecture is an annual lecture series featuring authorities on bibliography, the history of the book, and medieval and early modern history and culture. Funding for the series is generously provided by the Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation.