Liza Blake

Associate Professor, Graduate Faculty, Undergraduate Instructor
Maanjiwe nendamowinan Building, Room 5246, 1535 Outer Circle, Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6. Jackman Humanities Building, Room 631, 170 St. George Street, Toronto, ON M5R 2M8


Fields of Study

Areas of Interest

  • Medieval and Renaissance literature, including drama, poetry, and prose
  • Early modern women writers
  • Literature and science
  • Literature and philosophy
  • Poetics
  • The history of materialism
  • Critical theory
  • Textual bibliography
  • Editorial theory and practice


General Editor, Complete Works of Margaret Cavendish (20 volumes, under contract with Punctum Books)
Co-Director, Digital Cavendish (website and research repository,
Project Co-Lead, The Asexuality and Aromanticism Bibliography (research resource,



Lucretius and Modernity: Epicurean Encounters Across Time and Disciplines. Ed. Jacques Lezra and Liza Blake. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. [edited collection]

Journal Special Issues

Teaching Early Modern Women Writers Today. Ed. Liza Blake. Special Issue of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 28, no. 2 (2021).

Scholarly Editing 

Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle. Margaret Cavendish’s Poems and Fancies: A Digital Critical Edition. Ed. Liza Blake. Website published May 2019.

Arthur Golding’s A Moral Fabletalk and Other Renaissance Fable Translations. Ed. Liza Blake and Kathryn Vomero Santos. Tudor and Stuart Translations Series. Cambridge, UK: Modern Humanities Research Association, 2017. [scholarly edition of Aesopian fables translated by William Caxton, Robert Henryson (trans. Richard Smith), Arthur Golding, John Brinsley, and John Ogilby]

Web Resources

Liza Blake and Jenna McKellips, co-leads. The Asexuality and Aromanticism Bibliography. Website published September 2022.

Articles and Chapters Published and Forthcoming

"Margaret Cavendish's Sammelbände: Bound-together Volumes and Joined Texts in Cavendish's Corpus." Accepted for publication and forthcoming in Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

"Non-Atomic Atomisms and Atomic Epistemologies in the Poetry of Margaret Cavendish and Lucy Hutchinson." Accepted for publication and forthcoming (2023) in English Literary Renaissance.

"Early Modern Women in Print and Margaret Cavendish, Woman in Print." In The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Women's Writing in English 1540-1700. Ed. Danielle Clarke, Sarah C. E. Ross and Elizabeth Scott-Baumann. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022. 611-22.

"Early Modern Women, Science, and Natural Philosophy." In The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women's Writing. Chem, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, 2022.1-9.

"Editing Early Modern English Women's Printed Work." In The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Early Modern Women's Writing. Chem, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2022. 1-10.

"Close Reading (and) Textual Bibliography: How Many Parts Does Margaret Cavendish's Blazing World Have?" In Margaret Cavendish: an Interdisciplinary Perspective, ed. Lisa Walters and Brandie R. Siegfried. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022. 233-47.

"Margaret Cavendish's Forms: Literary Formalism and the Figures of Cavendish's Atom Poems." In Feminist Formalisms. Ed. Lara Dodds and Michelle M. Dowd. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2022. 38-55.

"Margaret Cavendish's University Years: Batch Bindings and Trade Bindings in Cambridge and Oxford." Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 116, no. 1 (2022): 21-91.

“Teaching (Un)Editing in the Women Writers Classroom.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 28, no. 2 (2021): 95–106.

“The Physics of Poetic Form in Arthur Golding’s Translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.” English Literary Renaissance 51, no. 3 (2021): 331–55.

"Hester Pulter's Particle Physics and the Poetics of Involution." JEMCS 20, no. 2 (2020): 71-98.

"After Life in Margaret Cavendish's Vitalist Posthumanism." Criticism 62, no. 3 (2020): 433-56.

"What Does the Wolf Say?: Animal Language and Political Noise in Coriolanus." By Liza Blake and Kathryn Vomero Santos. In The Routledge Handbook on Shakespeare and Animals. Ed. Karen Raber and Holly Dugan. New York: Routledge, 2020. 150-62.

"Lyric and Scientific Epistemologies: Bacon and Donne." In Gathering Force: Early Modern British Literature in Transition, 1557-1623. Volume I. Ed. Kristen Poole and Lauren Shohet. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019. 199-214.

"Pounced Corrections in Oxford copies of Cavendish's Philosophical and Physical Opinions; or, Margaret Cavendish's Glitter Pen." New College Notes 10 (2018), no. 6: 1-11.

"The Grounds of Literature and Science: Margaret Cavendish's Creature Manifesto." In The Palgrave Handbook of Early Modern Literature and Science, ed. Evelyn Tribble and Howard Marchitello. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. 3-26.

"Allegorical Causation and Aristotelian Physics in Henry Medwall's Nature." SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 55 (2015): 341-63.

"Recipe for Disaster: Practical Metaphysics." In Speculative Medievalisms: Discography. Ed. The Petropunk Collective (Eileen A. Joy, Anna Klosowska, Nicola Masciandaro, and Michael O'Rourke). New York: Punctum Books, 2013. 201-06.

"Dildos and Accessories: The Functions of the Early Modern Strap-On." In Ornamentalism: The Art of Renaissance Accessories. Ed. Bella Mirabella. Ann Arbor: Michigan University Press, 2011. 130-55.

"Posthuman Physics." postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 1 (2010): 39-45.

Scholarly Editing (smaller selections)

Pulter, Hester. “The Invitation into the Country, to my D. D. M. P. P. P., 1647, When His Sacred Majesty Was at Unhappy Home.” (Poem #2, Amplified Edition.) In The Pulter Project: Poet in the Making. General Editors Leah Knight and Wendy Wall. Poem published online August 2019.

Pulter, Hester. “The Perfection of Patience and Knowledge.” (Poem #39, Amplified Edition.) In The Pulter Project: Poet in the Making. General Editors Leah Knight and Wendy Wall. Poem published online July 2019.

Pulter, Hester. “The Hope. January 1665.” (Poem #65, 3 linked Amplified Editions.) In The Pulter Project: Poet in the Making. General Editors Leah Knight and Wendy Wall. Poem published online March 2021.

Research Blog Posts and Newsletter Publications (non-peer-reviewed)

"Early Modern Asexuality (and Aromanticism)." In The Asexuality and Aromanticism Bibliography. Website published September 2022. Blog post published September 2022.

“Women Writers and Women Scholars in the Queen’s College Library: What Bindings and Fleurons Can Tell Us about Cavendish’s University Donations.” For Queen’s College Oxford Library newsletter Insight, Issue 9 (2019): 18–24.

“A Tale of Two Books: Two Sammelbände given to Antwerp by Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle.” Article for the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library Newletter. Published online Oct. 15, 2019.

“Locating Margaret Cavendish’s Books: Database, Map, and Analysis.” Post for the Digital Cavendish website on libraries that hold original copies of Margaret Cavendish’s texts, including a downloadable chart with data, mapped visualizations, and analysis. Published November 14, 2018.

“What is an Aesopian Fable? The Case of the Renaissance Catwoman.” Blog post for the Folger Shakespeare Library’s blog “Collation” about Renaissance printed Aesop collections, including massive chart on early Aesops available for free download. Published Nov. 8, 2018.

Pedagogical Blog Posts and Online Publications (non-peer-reviewed)

"Teaching Premodern Asexualities and Aromanticisms." The Sundial. May 31, 2022.

“Teaching Editing in an Undergraduate Women Writers Classroom.” Blog post and reflective report on three linked assignments introducing editorial methods and practice to undergraduates. Report published Dec. 17, 2018.
Blog post published Dec. 19, 2018.

“Teaching Transcribathons.” Blog post about the UTM Transcribathon of March 2018. Published on EMROC blog Aug. 21, 2018.

Reposted on Recipes Project blog Sept. 4, 2018.

Works in Progress

Monograph in Progress, “Early Modern Literary Physics.”

Multi-modal monograph in progress, “Choose Your Own Poems and Fancies: A Re-arrangeable Digital Edition and Monograph.” Under contract with Electric Press.


BA, The George Washington University
MPhil, Cambridge University
MA, New York University
PhD, New York University