Dr Cassie Gorman

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, BA English Literature

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Humanities and Social Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Renaissance and Early Modern Literature , Literature and Science

Research Supervision:Yes

Dr Cassie Gorman teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate modules in English Literature. Her research focuses on early modern literature and philosophy.


Prior to joining Anglia Ruskin, Cassie was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and held lectureships in English at Oriel College, Oxford and Trinity College, Cambridge. She completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2014.

Her research explores ways in which English imaginative literature of the seventeenth century was not only responsive to but a part of scientific progress, with particular 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 (D.S. Brewer, 2016). Cassie is currently finishing her first monograph, The Atom in Seventeenth-Century Literature, and is beginning a new research project on early modern women’s alchemical writing. She is a member of the Executive Committee for the international research group Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World (http://scientiae.co.uk).

Research interests

  • Seventeenth-century literature and natural philosophy
  • Atomism and poetry
  • Alchemy
  • Early modern literature and medicine
  • Devotional poetry
  • Early modern women writers (especially the writings of Margaret Cavendish, Lucy Hutchinson and Hester Pulter)
  • Thomas Traherne
  • John Milton

Areas of research supervision

Cassie would be pleased to hear from potential students with interests in early modern literature, especially in relation to the following:

  • Early modern literature and science
  • Early modern literature and philosophy
  • Early modern literature and the occult
  • John Milton
  • Thomas Traherne
  • Margaret Cavendish


  • Level 4: Reading Literature and Theory
  • Level 4: A History of English Literature: Equiano to Beowulf
  • Level 5: Dialogue and Debate: More to Milton
  • Level 6: Renaissance Magic
  • Level 7: Shakespeare and Society
  • Level 7: Critical Theory: Science Fiction and Fantasy


PhD English, University of Cambridge
MPhil Renaissance Literature, University of Cambridge
BA English, University of Cambridge

Selected recent publications

Gorman, C., The Atom in Seventeenth-Century Literature. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer. Forthcoming.

Gorman, C., 2017. Allegorical Analogies: Henry More’s Poetical Cosmology. Studies in Philology, 114 (1). pp. 148-70.

Gorman, C., 2016. Poetry and Atomism in the Civil War and Restoration. Literature Compass, 13 (9). pp. 560-71.

Dodd, E., and Gorman, C., 2016. Thomas Traherne and Seventeenth Century Thought. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer.

Gorman, C., 2016. Feeling Inside the Atom. In: Dodd, E., and Gorman, C., Thomas Traherne and Seventeenth Century Thought. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer. pp. 98-119.

Gorman, C., 2013. Lucy Hutchinson, Lucretius and Soteriological Materialism. The Seventeenth Century, 28 (3). pp. 293-309.

Gorman, C., 2013. Thomas Traherne’s intuitive knowledge of “ALL THINGS” in the Commentaries of Heaven. In: Brocking, I., Caradec, J., and Parc, C. (Eds.), Poetry and Religion: Figures of the Sacred. Bern: Peter Lang. pp. 35-54


Recent presentations and conferences

(2018) “Alchemy and Poetic Form: The Chymical-Devotional Lyrics of Hester Pulter”. International conference Scientiae: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early World, University of Minnesota, 16-19 May 2018

(2017) “Material Spirits: Thomas Traherne’s Atoms and Souls”. Renaissance Society of America Conference, Chicago, 30 March – 1 April 2017

(2017) “Hester Pulter’s Atom Worlds”. Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge, 4 March 2017

(2016) “In Indivisibles I’ll Trust: Hester Pulter’s Devotional Atomism”. Early Modern Works by and about Women, conference at the Department of Philosophy, McGill University, 4-6 November 2016

(2015) “Allegorical Analogies: The Poetical Construction of Henry More’s Cosmology”. Renaissance Society of America Conference, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, 26-28 March 2015 

(2014) “Feeling Inside the Atom in Seventeenth-century Literature”. EMPHASIS, School of Advanced Study, University of London, 6 December 2014 

(2014) “Reading Between the Lines: John Dee’s Mysteriorum Libri”. Centre for Editing Lives and Letters, University College London, 27 November 2014 

(2014) “Atomism in Seventeenth-century Culture”.  Cabinet of Natural History Seminar, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge, 27 January 2014