29 November 2017, 15:30 - 17:00
Speaker: Dr Cassie Gorman
'Seventeenth-century voyages to other worlds: the curious case of Margaret Cavendish.'
The origins of science fiction tend to be traced back to the beginnings of the nineteenth century, but seventeenth-century literature is awash with imaginings of other, distant worlds – and for these writers, the sky really was the limit. This lecture will consider early modern imaginings of space travel and exploration – taking in, along the way, supernatural geese, flying machines, and a seventeenth-century precursor to the Clangers – and discuss the importance of utopian thinking and scientific advancement to shaping the genre. Cassie will conclude by introducing the fantastic scientist and poet Margaret Cavendish, her other-world narrative The Blazing World, and her opinions on the human need for alternative realities.
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