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Library Catalog No. DTB1985

Women as Audience and Author of Scientific Discourse: A Study of Early English Popularization Literature. Typescript (89 pp.), copyright © Winter Quarter 1985.
(in 3 sections)

by Deborah Bazeley

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First Issued:  March 2004 (in 3 sections)
Reissued:  20 August 2012
Revised (substantive):  n/a

Part I: Editor’s Introduction to monograph on the she-philosopher

decorative initial T (e-copyright 2014)HIS previously unpublished paper (one of three qualifying papers for my C.Phil. examination) records my earliest research and thinking about the evolving ethos of the “she-philosopher.” Here, I first grappled with some of the issues that still concern me today.

The exam paper attempted a rhetorical analysis of early-modern popular science directed at women, beginning with John Wilkins’ Mathematicall Magick in 1648. From here I moved on to summary discussion of Robert Boyle, Margaret Cavendish, the Athenian Society, Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle’s Entretiens sur la Pluralité des Mondes as translated by Aphra Behn in 1688, John Harris, early 18th-century science periodicals, and Francesco Algarotti’s two-volume Il Newtonianismo per le Dame, as translated by Elizabeth Carter in 1739.

While some of the interpretations offered in the paper have proven inadequate (especially concerning the nature of women’s exclusion from scientific circles), there is still some useful data gathered here, which I continue to mull over (e.g., see the IN BRIEF topic on Bernard le Bovier de Fontenelle’s Entretiens sur la Pluralité des Mondes).

Tail-piece from William Cuningham's _The Cosmographical Glasse_ (London, 1559)

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