Dr Cassie Gorman

Lecturer, English Literature

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences

Department:Department of English and Media

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: English literature

Courses taught: English Literature, Philosophy and English Literature, Drama and English Literature, Publishing

Cassie teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate modules in English Literature. Her research focuses on early modern literature (especially seventeenth century) and philosophy.

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Prior to joining Anglia Ruskin, Cassie was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and held one-year lectureships in English at Oriel College, Oxford and Trinity College, Cambridge. She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2014.

Her doctoral work unearthed new ways in which English poets from the mid seventeenth century were inspired by contemporary progress in the material sciences. She is currently working on her first monograph, Trusting In Indivisibles: Early Modern Literature and Atomism, a study of the diverse ways in which atomic philosophy captured the imagination in seventeenth century literature. Her recent publications include an article on early modern atomism and poetry for Literature Compass and a book of essays on the poet and theologian Thomas Traherne, which she co-edited for Boydell & Brewer press.

Cassie’s second major research interest is in the relations between early modern literature and medicine. In her proposed second book project she will be exploring how literary works from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries responded to, and influenced, cultural understandings of cancerous disease. 

Research interests

  • Seventeenth century literature and natural philosophy
  • Atomism and poetry
  • Early modern literature and medicine
  • Devotional poetry
  • Early modern women writers (especially Margaret Cavendish, Lucy Hutchinson and Hester Pulter)
  • Thomas Traherne
  • John Milton

Areas of research supervision

Cassie would be pleased to hear from potential students with interests in early modern literature, especially in terms of the following:

  • Early modern literature and science
  • Early modern literature and philosophy
  • Early modern literature and the occult
  • John Milton
  • Thomas Traherne
  • Margaret Cavendish


  • Level 4: History of English Literature from Chaucer to Equiano
  • Level 4: Introduction to Literary Criticism
  • Level 5: Romantic Conflicts
  • Level 5: Shakespeare and Performance
  • Level 5: Dialogue and Debate: More to Milton
  • MA English Literature


  • PhD English, University of Cambridge
  • MPhil Renaissance Literature, University of Cambridge
  • BA English, University of Cambridge

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Member of the Renaissance Society of America

Selected recent publications

Dodd, E., and Gorman, C., 2016. Thomas Traherne and Seventeenth Century Thought. Cambridge: Boydell & Brewer.

Gorman, C., 2016. Feeling Inside the Atom. In: Dodd, E., and Gorman, C., Thomas Traherne and Seventeenth Century Thought. Cambridge: Boydell & Brewer. pp. 98-119.

Gorman, C., 2017. Allegorical Analogies: Henry More’s Poetical Cosmology. Studies in Philology, 114 (1). Forthcoming.

Gorman, C., 2016. Poetry and Atomism in the Civil War and Restoration. Literature Compass. Forthcoming.

Gorman, C., 2013. Lucy Hutchinson, Lucretius and Soteriological Materialism. The Seventeenth Century, 28 (3). pp. 293-309.

Gorman, C., 2013. Thomas Traherne’s intuitive knowledge of “ALL THINGS” in the Commentaries of Heaven. In: Brocking, I., Caradec, J., and Parc, C. (Eds.), Poetry and Religion: Figures of the Sacred. Bern: Peter Lang. pp. 35-54

Recent presentations and conferences

(2016) “In Indivisibles I’ll Trust: Hester Pulter’s Devotional Atomism”. Early Modern Works by and about Women, conference at the Department of Philosophy, McGill University, 4-6 November 2016

(2015) “Allegorical Analogies: The Poetical Construction of Henry More’s Cosmology”. Renaissance Society of America Conference, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, 26-28 March 2015 

(2014) “Feeling Inside the Atom in Seventeenth-century Literature”. EMPHASIS, School of Advanced Study, University of London, 6 December 2014 

(2014) “Reading Between the Lines: John Dee’s Mysteriorum Libri”. Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, University College London, 27 November 2014 

(2014) “Atomism in Seventeenth-century Culture”.  Cabinet of Natural History Seminar, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, 27 January 2014 

(2013) “Soteriological materialism in Hutchinson’s Theological Poetry and Prose”. Lucy Hutchinson Conference, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, 28 November 2013 

(2013) “Thomas Traherne and the Rational Soul”. Thomas Traherne Festival (The Thomas Traherne Association), Credenhill, Herefordshire, 1 June 2013   

(2013) “Science and Fiction or Science Fiction? Margaret Cavendish, Aesthetics and Material Philosophy”.  British Society for Literature and Science Conference, 11-13 April 2013 

 (2012) “Lucy Hutchinson and Material Philosophy”.  International and interdisciplinary conference Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, 26-28 April 2012