Thursday, 28 December
273. Teratologizing the Longish Eighteenth Century: Curiosa, Automata, Exotica
3:30 p.m., Mütter Museum, College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 South 22nd St.
Program arranged by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
Presiding: Hugh Ormsby-Lennon, Villanova Univ.
1. “Intimacy and Indifference in The Cabinet of Love,” Danielle R. Bobker, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick
2. “Breaking the Laws of Motion: Curiosity, Eschatology, and the Aesthetics of ‘Monstrous’ Mechanism in Cox’s Museum of Automata,” Sara Landreth, New York Univ.
3. “You Got a Lot of Animal Magnetism: Mesmer’s Theories of the Body,” Johanna M. Smith, Univ. of Texas, Arlington
4. “Curious Offspring: Imagining the Feminine at Midcentury,” Christopher D. Johnson, Francis Marion Univ.
5. “Imagination and Monstrosities in Behn’s The Dumb Virgin,” Joseph Pappa, Binghamton Univ.
The session will be hosted by the Mütter Museum at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Exhibiting one of the world’s leading collections of medical curiosa, the museum will remain open for those attending the session.