Teaching with *The Pulter Project*

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May 9, 2020
Illinois, United States
Subject Fields: 
Digital Humanities, Literature, Teaching and Learning, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Teaching with The Pulter Project


May 9, 2020

Northwestern University

Hosted by Wendy Wall and Leah Knight, co-directors of The Pulter Project

Keynote: Frances E. Dolan (University of California, Davis)

“Mucking about with a Poet in the Making"


We seek proposals exploring innovative ways to integrate The Pulter Project: Poet in the Making into the classroom. This digital site presents multiple versions of the striking religious, political, scientific, and personal poetry of seventeenth-century writer Hester Pulter. If we include Pulter’s works in courses on poetry, religion and literature, science and literature, women’s writing, and/or early modern history, what new knowledges come to light? How, we ask, does the material form of the text shape a student’s reading experience, and alter understandings of authorship and literary production? How might creative pedagogies utilize a hands-on site and/or enable the digital publication of undergraduate and graduate student work?

Topics may include reflections on:

  • proposed or past syllabi and assignments that partake of the project to illuminate new ways of understanding religious experience; political protest writing; early modern women’s writing; mourning; fantasies of the cosmos; physics; astronomy, death, etc.;
  • using the “versioning” of texts to teach theories of authorship, materiality, intellectual property, and/or literary production;
  • reading formats in the classroom: anthologies, print, digital sites, rare book rooms, EEBO;
  • assignments other than the standard paper; 
  • the challenges of teaching early modern women writers; and
  • curricular challenges and triumphs.

Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Leah Knight and Wendy Wall at pulterproject@gmail.com by Dec 10, 2019.

Contact Info: 

Leah Knight

Associate Professor, English Language and Literature

Brock University

1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way

St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1

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