Fourth Biennial International Margaret Cavendish Conference
The Many Imaginations of Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle

Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts
and Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
New England, USA
30 June - 2 July 2001

Preliminary Program

The Fourth Biennial International Margaret Cavendish Conference will be held 30 June - 2 July, 2001. Sessions will be held at Wheaton College (30 miles from Boston), where inexpensive housing will also be available, and at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Special events will include tours of the nearby reconstructed seventeenth-century Plimouth Plantation and the Brown University Women Writers Project, with opportunities for visits to Boston, New York, and Cape Cod.

Wheaton was founded in 1834 as one of the first "female seminaries" in the United States. In 1911 it became a four-year women's college, and in 1989 it became coed. It belongs to several collaborative programs, including "The Northeast Nine," which includes Harvard, MIT, Boston University, Boston College, and Wellesley. It also has an exchange program with Brown University, which is co-sponsoring the Cavendish 2001 Conference.

Friday, 29 June
4:00 pm Check in at Wheaton College.

Saturday, 30 June
8:00-10:15 Coffee and registration
9:00-10:15 Cavendish Society Board Meeting
10:30-12:00 Session 1: Situating Cavendish in Critical History.
Erna Kelley, Jan Kaminski, Linda Burnett
12:15-1:30 Lunch. Plenary Speaker, John Rogers, Yale University
1:45-3:15 Session 2: The Scientific Imagination
Whitley Cooke, Carrie Hintz, Stanton J. Linden
Session 3: Epic and Romance
Emma Rees, Miriam Wallraven, Tanya Wood
3:30-5:00 Session 4: Cavendish, Milton, and Epic
Marianne Micros, Lee Cullen Khanna, Michael Rex
Session 5: Female Community and Identity
Rosanne Denhard, Susannah Quinsee, Judith Stuart
Chair: Julie Yen
5:30-7:15 Reception and dinner
7:30-9:00 Special Presentation: Margaret Cavendish's 1662 Playes in Performance
Gweno Williams

Sunday, 1 July
7:30-8:30 Breakfast
8:30-10:00 Session 6: The Imagined Body
Susannah Mintz, Karen Raber, Rebecca Totaro
Session 7: The Political Imagination
Diana Barnes, Stephanie Fitz, Margaret Reeves
10:15-11:45 Session 8: Imagining Female Language and Philosophy
Audrey Becker, Margaret Oakes, Leigh Hursh
Session 9: The Cavendish Family
Danielle Clarke, James Fitzmaurice, Lisa Sarasohn
12:00-1:15 Lunch. Plenary Speaker, Jeffrey Masten, Northwestern University
1:30 Buses to Brown University in Providence, R.I.
2:30-4:00 Session 10 (at Brown): Authorial Self-presentation
Marina Leslie, Amy Scott-Douglass, Sharon Seelig
4:15-5:30 Cavendish Online (at Brown): Demonstration by the Women Writers Project.
Julia Flanders, Director
5:45-7:00 Reception at the Graduate Center Piano Lounge, Brown University,
and tour of Women Writers Project Offices
7:15 Buses back to Wheaton College
8:00-9:00 Snacks available

Monday, 2 July
7:30-8:30 Breakfast
8:30-10:00 Session 12: Theatre and Female Community
G. R. Taneja(?), Brandie Siegfried, Christina Wells
Session 13: Nature and Art
Sylvia Bowerbank, Hilda Smith, Alvin Snider
10:15-11:45 Session 14: Reconfiguring Genre
Pamela Hammons, Carole Breakstone
Chair: Michelle Fleming
Session 15: Rereading Royalism
Deborah Burks, Oddvar Holmesland, Su Fang Ng
12:00-1:00 Lunch. Box lunch on bus for those going to Plimoth Plantation.

For more information, contact:

Susanne Woods
Wheaton College
Norton, MA 02766 USA
[email protected]

Or the planning Committee: Emma Rees, Line Cottegnies, and Anne Shaver.