** a research miscellany: abbreviated reflections on historical facts and figures **
First Published: April 2004
Revised (substantive): 23 July 2016
If I had had more time, I would have written more briefly.
— Samuel Johnson (1709–1784)
18th-century celebrity, lexicographer, and “arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history”
THE IN BRIEF SECTION OF She-philosopher.com is intended to house a miscellany of information gathered in the course of researching various topics and persons having to do with 17th-century arts & sciences.
As most anyone who’s had any kind of e-correspondence with me is well aware, I’m not known for brevity! I use the IN BRIEF heading here in a somewhat different sense, to emphasize the provisional nature of the notes and queries and arguments set forth.
This is the section of She-philosopher.com reserved for scholarly exploration and brainstorming. As elsewhere on this site, essays will be more informal than peer-reviewed publication in scholarly journals allows, with more relaxed rules of citation, in keeping with a renewed focus on primary over secondary materials.
IN BRIEF essays are organized into two subcategories: Topics and Biographies.
Available topics are given below. For a listing of planned topic essays, see the Previews: In Brief page.
• Arguments for and against learned women at the close of the 17th century
• Bakhtin’s “dialogic imagination” and other core concepts
• the Bishop and the Antipodes
• Branding Captain John Smith, Admiral of New England
• Branding Margaret Cavendish, alternately known as “Mad Madge” and “the Thrice Noble, Illustrious and Excellent Princess, Margaret, Duchess of Newcastle”
• Brands: evolving codes of honor & nobility during the early-modern period and the 17th-century debate over character
• a comparison of 17th-century Pocahontas narratives and the 1890s play by “Powhatan’s Pamunkey Indian Braves”
• Critical pluralism
• Thomas Cromwell’s land grab, c.1532: John Stow’s first-hand account in A Survay of London (first printed in 1598, rev. 1603) of “the remarkably arbitrary act” perpetrated by Thomas Cromwell against his neighbors
• Kairos (core concept from classical rhetoric)
• the English art of mezzotint
• the Museo Kircheriano (Kircher’s renowned Musæum)
• Occasio or occasion (another core concept from classical rhetoric)
• Phronesis (practical wisdom)
• Prudentia (prudence)
• the “Sect of antient Philosophers” known as Pythagoreans
• early Quaker women writers
• Sir Walter Ralegh’s Lost Colony and the Croatan Indians of North Carolina
• the modern rhetorical situation
• the Royal Mathematical School at Christ’s Hospital, chartered by Charles II on 19 August 1673
• What’s in a Name?: professional identities (such as “she-philosopher”) and gender politics
• William Cavendish on the print trade
Available biographies are given below. For a listing of planned biographical essays, see the Previews: In Brief page.
• Acuña, Don Diego Sarmiento de, Count de Gondomar
• Britton, Thomas
• Cecil, Robert, 1st earl of Salisbury
• Cowley, Abraham
• Elizabeth Tudor, Queen Elizabeth I of England and Ireland
• Hariot (aka Harriot, Herriot), Thomas
• Harvey, William
• Henry Stuart, Prince of Wales (eldest son of King James I of England)
• Henry Tudor, King Henry VIII of England and Ireland
• Holder, Susan
• Hollar, Wenceslaus
• James Stuart, King James I of England & King James VI of Scotland
• Kircher, Athanasius
• Merian, Maria Sibylla
• Petty, William
• Ralegh, Sir Walter
• Smith, John (Captain)
• Zuñiga, Don Pedro de