Women's and Gender Studies Muse of the Sister Arts: The Poetry and Paintings of Anne Killigrew
Dr. Laura Linker
Feb. 25, 2013
This presentation will focus on the contributions to late Stuart political satire by the British poet and painter, Anne Killigrew, whose posthumously published _Poems_ (1686) influenced the writing culture surrounding one of the most controversial eras in British politics: the decline of divine right absolutism in favor of individual “liberty and property.” The talk will consider women’s perception of and writing about the changing structure of monarchical power during the relatively peaceful deposition of James II in favor of William and Mary, which advanced the rise of the female political satirist.
Dr. Linker’s primary area of interest is British literature and culture of the “long” eighteenth century, 1660-1830. She has a longstanding interest in British women writers, and has presented research at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS) and the Folger Shakespeare Library, where she received several grants and two ASECS fellowships for research and participation in Folger Institute conferences and seminars (2007, 2010, and 2012). Her first book, Dangerous Women, Libertine Epicures, and the Rise of Sensibility, 1670-1730 (Ashgate, 2011), considers the female libertine figure, the neo-Epicurean revival, and the rise of sensibility in literature written from the late Stuart to the early Georgian periods in England. Recent articles have appeared in Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research, CEA Critic, and Papers on Language and Literature, among other peer-reviewed journals, books, and encyclopedia entries. Current projects examine early medical theories of hysteria and the depiction of women’s bodies in texts written between 1660-1750.