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"A world of one's own": Margaret Cavendish and the science of self-fashioning

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Margaret Cavendish is well-known as a scientific philosopher who was excluded from the Royal Society, despite being the first woman to attend one of their meetings in 1667. Cavendish used this outsider status to question the Society’s claims to authority and objectivity, and instead suggested that their experimental methods could be misused to construct scientific proof, by distortion of the senses. By reading Cavendish as addressing the construction of scientific knowledge, this essay will argue that her writing is resonant in the current academic climate, which has become increasingly self-reflective about the role of the researcher in making as well as communicating knowledge.

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Author(s): De-Rycker K

Editor(s): Jorge Bastos da Silva, Miguel Ramalhete Gomes

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: A trade for Light: English Literature and the Disciplines of Knowledge, Early Modern to Eighteenth Century

Year: 2017

Pages: 76-93

Print publication date: 01/11/2017

Acceptance date: 03/01/2017

Publisher: Brill, Rodopi

Place Published: Leiden


Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 9789004349353