Cassie Gorman

Cassie Gorman researches ways in which English imaginative literature of the seventeenth century was not only responsive to but a part of scientific progress, with specific interests in early modern women’s writing and the reciprocal influence between corpuscular philosophy and theological thought. She has published papers on Henry More, Lucy Hutchinson and Thomas Traherne, and co-edited a volume of essays on the latter with the theologian Elizabeth Dodd: Thomas Traherne and Seventeenth Century Thought (Boydell and Brewer, 2016). Cassie is currently finishing her first monograph, a study of early modern poetry and atomic thought: The Atom in Seventeenth Century Poetry (forthcoming with Boydell & Brewer). She is also a member of the Executive Committee for the international research group Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World (

Selected publications:

The Atom in Seventeenth Century Poetry (Boydell & Brewer Press, forthcoming).

Thomas Traherne and Seventeenth Century Thought, ed. Beth Dodd and Cassandra Gorman (Boydell & Brewer, 2016).

“Allegorical Analogies: Henry More’s Poetical Cosmology”, Studies in Philology, 114:1 (University of North Carolina Press, 2017), pp. 148-70.

“Poetry and Atomism in the Civil War and Restoration”, Literature Compass, 13:9 (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016), pp. 560-71.

“Lucy Hutchinson, Lucretius and Soteriological Materialism”, The Seventeenth Century, 28:3 (Taylor & Francis, 2013), pp. 293-309.

“Atomies of Love: Materialist Cupids in Elizabethan Poetry” in Unwritten Arts: Expanding the Critical Lexicons of Early Modern English Poetry, ed. Zenón Luis-Martínez (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming).

“The Imperfect Circle: Hester Pulter’s Alchemical Forms” in ‘Devices of Fancy’: Literature and Scientia in Early Modern England, ed. Elizabeth Swann and Subha Mukherji (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming).

“Feeling Inside the Atom” in Thomas Traherne and Seventeenth Century Thought, ed. Beth Dodd and Cassandra Gorman (Boydell & Brewer, 2016), pp. 69-83.

“Thomas Traherne’s intuitive knowledge of “ALL THINGS” in the Commentaries of Heaven” in Poetry and Religion: Figures of the Sacred, ed. Ineke Brocking, Jennifer Caradec and Cathy Parc (Peter Lang, 2013), pp. 35-54.