In this episode, Marissa talks with Dr. Debapriya Sarkar (University of Connecticut) theories of knowledge, early modern science, and the fall as experimentation in book 9 of Paradise Lost.
Here are some resources to support your listening:
- The Royal Society’s office website.
- Learn more about and read Thomas Shadwell’s The Virtuoso (1676), a dramatic satire of the Royal Society, at this online exhibition from King’s College, London.
- Learn more about Sir Francis Bacon from the good folks at the BBC.
- Margaret Cavendish, including open-access editions of The Blazing World, in which Cavendish portrays the female scientist asking questions, is the subject of Digital Cavendish: A Scholarly Collaborative, an amazing new digital humanities project.
- Joanna Picciotto, Labors of Innocence in Early Modern England (Harvard University Press, 2010).
- Debapriya Sarkar, “’Sad Experiment’ in Paradise Lost: Epic Knowledge and Evental Poetics,” Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies 26, no. 4 (2014): 368-388. Winner of the 2015 Schachterle Essay Prize from the Society for Literature, Sciences, and the Arts.