Poet, playwright, philosopher, science theorist, and science fiction author--just a few of the occupations held by the 17th-century noblewoman, Lady Margaret Cavendish. One of the towering intellects of her day, Cavendish was a prodigious writer who was by her own account painfully shy, but whose works were revolutionary in their imaginativeness and insight. In this episode, we will explore the life of this remarkable woman, the story of her family during the tumult of the English Civil War, and how she navigated the male-dominated intellectual world of Stuart England.
Lisa Sarasohn. The Natural Philosophy of Margaret Cavendish: Reason and Fancy during the Scientific Revolution. The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.
Lisa Walters. Margaret Cavendish: Gender, Science, and Politics. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
Kate Whitaker. Mad Marge: Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, Royalist, Writer, and Romantic. Chatto and Windus, 2003.
Emma Rees. Margaret Cavendish: Gender, Genre, Exile. Manchester University Press, 2004.
Stephen Clucas, ed. A Princely Brave Woman: Essays on Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle. Ashgate, 2003.
The Description of a New World Called the Blazing World and Other Writings. Ed. Kate Lilley. William Pickering, 1992.
Paper Bodies: A Margaret Cavendish Reader. Ed. Sylvia Bowerbank and Sara Mendelson. Broadview Press, 2000.
Rosemary Kegl. "'The World I Have Made': Mararet Cavendish, Feminism, and the Blazing World." In Feminist Readings of Early Modern Culture: Emerging Subjects. Ed. Valerie Traub, et al. Cambridge University Press, 1996. pp.119-141.
Music: "Evening Melodrama" by Kevin Macleod (www.incompetech.com)