March 29, 2009
Paper looks at 19th-century astronomer Maria Mitchell
Heidi Kunz, Associate Professor of English
Heidi Kunz presented a paper, "Miss Mitchell and Mr. Hawthorne (and provisionally, Mr. Marvell)" to the annual conference of the British Society for Literature and Science in Reading, England, in March.
The essay was inspired by Kunz's Mednick-funded research in the archives of the Nantucket Atheneum, the Nantucket Historical Association, and the Maria Mitchell Papers during her sabbatic leave last fall. It is part of her continuing investigation of cultural responses to the accomplishments of 19th-century U.S. astronomer Maria Mitchell.