Kellie Robertson’s most recent book, Nature Speaks: Medieval Literature and Aristotelian Philosophy, appeared from the University of Pennsylvania Press in February. This book recovers the common ground shared between physics—what used to be known as “natural philosophy”—and fiction-writing as ways of representing the natural world. In doing so, it traces how nature gained an authoritative voice in the late medieval period only to lose it at the outset of modernity.
She has given several talks related to the book this winter: at the Modern Language Association Meeting in Philadelphia in January, at Northwestern University in February, and at Carnegie Mellon University in March. In March, she also gave two other lectures: on labor and disability studies at our own Graduate English Organization conference, “Worked Up;” and at the Folger Shakespeare Library on Middle English manuscripts in conjunction with the exhibition, “500 Years of Treasures from Oxford: Corpus Christi Library.”