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Lara Dodds specializes in seventeenth-century literature, with a particular focus on Milton and on early modern women’s writing. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Milton, seventeenth-century British literature, and, occasionally, Shakespeare. In addition, she frequently teaches the first half of the British literature survey and Honors Composition II. For the past three years, she has taught EN 8103, Research Methods in English, in which she enjoys introducing first year MA students to the challenges of academic research. Her current book project, Margaret Cavendish and Literary History, is Cavendish’s debts to English Renaissance Literature, with a particular focus on Cavendish’s critical appropriation of works by Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne, and Milton. She has also published essays on Milton and early modern literature and science.

The Literary Invention of Margaret Cavendish

Dodds, Lara
Publisher: Duquesne University Press
ISBN: 9780820704654

As a reader of her literary predecessors, and as a writer who herself contributed to the emerging literary tradition, Margaret Cavendish is an extraordinary figure whose role in early modern literary history has yet to be fully acknowledged. In this study, Lara Dodds reassesses the literary invention of Cavendish - the use she makes of other writers, her own various forms of writing, and the ways in which she creates her own literary persona - to transform our understanding of Cavendish's considerable accomplishments and influence.

Lara, Dodds. "Reading and Writing in Sociable Letters; Or, How Margaret Cavendish Read Her Plutarch" English Literary Renaissance 41.1 (2011): 189-218.
Dodds, Lara. "Poor Donne Was Out': Reading and Writing Donne Verse in the Poetry of Margaret Cavendish" The John Donne Journal 29 (2010): 133-174.
Dodds, Lara. "To Change in Scenes and Show it in a Play': Paradise Lost and the Stage Directions of Dryden's The State of Innocence and The Fall of Man" Restoration 33.2 (2009): 1-24.
Dodds, Lara. "'Great Things to Small May Be Compared': Rhetorical Microscopy in Paradise Lost" Milton Studies 47 (2008): 96-117.
Dodds, Lara. "'Art and Fallacy' or 'the Naked Offer'?: Style and Science in Sir Thomas Browne's Pseudodoxia Epidemica" Prose Studies 29 (2006): 223-33.