Launched in 2020, the Early Modern Workshop is a multidisciplinary forum where scholars working on the early modern period (broadly defined) can discuss their work with colleagues across departments. The aim is to foster conversations that go beyond departmental, disciplinary, and regional parameters, and to create an active community of early modernists here at the University of Virginia. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please don't hesitate to contact us. We have an exciting schedule of presentations this spring, and we look forward to seeing you there!



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Matteo Ricci, Zhong Wentao, and Li Zhizao | Beijing, 1602

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Please join us


Friday, February 26 | 12-1:30pm

for a presentation by


Elizabeth Fowler

Associate Professor of English


“Andrew Marvell and the Temporality of Art: Cloister, Gallery, Country House, Poem”


Our events are free and open to the public.

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Elizabeth Fowler will present an idea from her book manuscript, The Flesh of Art: Poetry and the Built Environment. When Andrew Marvell thinks about the Reformation repurposing of monasteries, he thinks about it together with poetry’s ability to repurpose “techniques of the body” (Marcel Mauss’s phrase) like sleeping, sex, and walking. Some simple thoughts about body techniques and the pre- and post-Reformation architecture of Lacock Abbey (Wiltshire, England), will arise as context, and Marvell’s poems “The Gallery” and “Upon Appleton House” will be described as supports for configuring the habitus of readers. Artifacts like poems and buildings usually change more slowly than body techniques or the meanings we generate with them—how can we account for this ephemerality in literary and art history and criticism? You can find more about Elizabeth Fowler’s work here.