Teaching with *The Pulter Project*: A Symposium

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April 30, 2021 to May 7, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Digital Humanities, Early Modern History and Period Studies, Literature, Teaching and Learning, Women's & Gender History / Studies



April 30, May 6, and May 7, 2021

If we include Hester Pulter’s poetry in the classroom, what new knowledges and stories come to light—about gender, genre, nature, materiality, editing and canonicity? How do digital tools such as The Pulter Project: Poet in the Making open up pedagogical opportunities in introductory, advanced, and graduate seminars? Please join our discussion of teaching in the virtual age, where panelists will open a dialogue about the range of issues emerging when Pulter’s poems—in their digital form—join and shape the curriculum.


Keynote: Frances E. Dolan

“Mucking About With a Poet in the Making” 


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Friday, April 30th 3:00-5:00 PM Central Standard Time

§   Introduction: Leah Knight (Brock University) and Wendy Wall (Northwestern University), “Recovering Voices/Reshaping the Classroom” 


Panel 1: Revolving Digital Tools with Pulter

§   Emily Bryan (Sacred Heart University), “Pulter Pedagogy: Amplifying the Tradition”

§   Whitney Sperazza (Rochester Institute of Technology), “Hacking Time with Hester Pulter” 

§   Patricia Fumerton (UC-Santa Barbara) and Kristen McCants Forbes (UC-Santa Barbara), “Breaking New Ground: Hester Pulter and Digital Methodologies in the Graduate Classroom”

§   Respondent: Vin Nardizzi (University of British Columbia)


Thursday, May 6th 3:30-5:30 PM Central Standard Time


Panel 2: Rethinking Genre/Form

§   Andy Crow (Boston College), “Visualizing Pulter’s Emblems: Approaching Poetics through Graphic Narrative”

§   Marshelle Woodward (Berea College), “Teaching Early Modern Books of Nature with The Pulter Project”

§   Dianne Mitchell (University of Colorado), “Into the Pulterverse” 

§   Courtney Pollard (UC-Davis), “The Tortoise and the Turtle: Teaching Pulter’s Emblems Within a Larger Literary Tradition”

§   Respondent: Jessica Rosenberg (University of Miami)


Friday, May 7th 3:00-5:30 PM Central Standard Time


Panel 3: Expanding the Conversation

§   Samantha Snively (Social Media and Public Outreach, TPP) “Pulter Beyond the Classroom: Public Engagement and The Pulter Project

§   Keynote: Frances Dolan (UC-Davis), “Mucking About With a Poet in the Making”

§   Workshop: “Future Pedagogy and The Pulter Project,” Megan Heffernan (DePaul University) and Elizabeth Zeman Kolkovich (The Ohio State University), co-moderators


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


This symposium was made possible by generous grants from The Alumnae of Northwestern University and the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada.


Please address any questions to pulterproject@gmail.com.

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