English Dept Faculty Candidate Talk
January 24, 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Mānoa Campus, KUY 410
Emily West (PhD, McMaster University) will speak on writings by and about the Restoration scientist Robert Hooke to analyze how modern forms of technology and gender were mutually defined across the long eighteenth century. Hooke was known for his design and use of scientific instruments: in particular, the microscope, which he popularized with his bestselling collection of microscopical observations, Micrographia (1665). Dr. West will show how Hookeâ€™s theorization of these instruments in Micrographia articulates a new form of masculine ability premised on the interdependence of body and technology, a form for which his own body acted as a kind of public experiment. Dr. West will then trace how the â€œMechanick Geniusâ€ Hooke embodied proved a resilient model for English masculinities in the context of intensifying global exploration and colonial exploitation.
Free & open to the public
English, Mānoa Campus
S. Shankar, (808) 956-3087, firstname.lastname@example.org, Dr. West on English masculinities in long 18th C (PDF)