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Jonathan Sawday

"Commit to these Waste Blanks': On Blank Space and Interpretation”

April 2, 2014

Dr. Jonathan Sawday holds the Walter J. Ong, SJ Endowed Chair in Humanities in the Department of English at St. Louis University. Dr. Sawday earned his Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature from University College, London, in 1988. Since then, he has authored two influential monographs: Engines of the Imagination: Renaissance Culture and the Rise of the Machine (Routledge, 2007) and The Body Emblazoned: Dissection and the Human Body in Renaissance Culture (Routledge, 1995). He has edited or co-edited three more books and has published more than thirty articles in peer-reviewed journals and collections. Dr. Sawday is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Fellow of the English Association, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He has been awarded grants by the Fulbright Association, the British Academy, the British Council, and the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, as well as the Huntington Library (San Marino, CA), the Newberry Library (Chicago, IL) and the Institute for the Advanced Study for the Humanities in Moscow (Russia). In addition, Dr. Sawday has been a regular presenter on BBC Radio 3, contributing to such program segments as “Syphillis: A Cultural History” and “Machines Like Us.” Dr. Sawday’s work is truly interdisciplinary, examining the intersections between science, technology, and literature. He has published on topics as diverse as sixteenth-century French funerary sculpture, sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British literature, contemporary body art, and cyborgs and transhumanism.