Lara Dodds, Associate Professor of English at Mississippi State University, will give a talk entitled " "The Fall and its Counterplots in Early Modern Science Fiction and Milton's Paradise Lost."
Professor Dodds specializes in Milton and mid to late seventeenth-century British Literature. She is the author of The Literary Invention of Margaret Cavendish (Dusquene University Press, 2013), which discusses the remarkable influence Cavendish had on British writers in the seventeenth century, as well as numerous essays on Milton and Cavendish. To quote one of the reviews of her book: "Dodds is the first to devote a book-length study to Cavendish’s engagement with the literary culture around her including Plutarch, Donne, Jonson, Hobbes, and Milton. . . . This book spans many forms of reading and patterns of influence and suggests how much more is yet to be done on situating early modern women writers within their own literary culture, even—or especially—those who work so hard to assert their own singularity.”