Presentation by JCB Fellows Hannah Anderson and Samuel Fullerton

August 14, 2019 - 4:00pm

Please join us for presentations by JCB fellows Hannah Anderson and Samuel Fullerton. 

Hannah Anderson (University of Pennsylvania), John Carter Brown Library Associates Fellow

"Plant Names in the Early English Atlantic"

This talk examines elite and common peoples’ plant names and concepts of plant morphology in the early English Atlantic world. Using herbals and travel narratives from the JCB collection, I discuss how Renaissance botanists attempted to reconcile newly discovered plants with the knowledge inherited from ancient authorities such as Pliny the Elder, and how travel writers relied upon the tacit plant knowledge of their English readers to communicate the morphology of unfamiliar and strange flora. Ultimately, I demonstrate the increasing divergence between common and elite plant knowledge at the end of the seventeenth century, and the ambivalent ways that natural historians incorporated indigenous plant names into scientific texts. This talk is an excerpt from my dissertation on settler colonialism and botany in the English empire in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. 

Samuel Fullerton (University of California, Riverside), Paul W. McQuillen Memorial Fellow

"Sexual Politics in the Revolutionary Atlantic, 1640-1660"

During the English Revolution of 1642-60, as the descent into bloody civil war inaugurated a new era of public politics in Britain, the New England colonies became the public face of puritan sexual immorality in domestic print polemic. Drawing on pervasive popular anti-puritan stereotypes as well as longstanding heresiographical depictions of religious heterodoxy, hostile pamphleteers reimagined New England as a hotbed of puritan sexual deviancy while godly magistrates across the Atlantic made precisely the opposite argument by suggesting that the New England colonies themselves had been corrupted by sexual miscreants recently imported from the British archipelago. My talk will briefly explore these debates with reference to several annotated texts from the JCB’s collections. 

The reading room will close to researchers at 3:30pm.