Dr. Justin Begley

KWI International Fellow

Academic Career

Postdoctoral Teaching and Research Fellow
Universität Basel

Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

Postdoctoral Fellow in Environmental Humanities
University of Helsinki

DPhil in English Literature
University of Oxford

Research Interests

Early modern ideas about plants and animals (and their relationship); the function of analogies and other literary techniques in scientific writing; classical adaptation; epistolary networks; medical knowledge and practice; book and manuscript cultures.


  • The Medical World of Margaret Cavendish: A Critical Edition (with Benjamin Goldberg) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2023).
  • „Margaret Cavendish Reads Josuah Sylvester: Epicurus, Atheism, and Atomic Scepticism in Poems, and Fancies“, English Literary Renaissance, 53.3 (2023), 376-400.
  • „Pre-Linnaean Plant Sexualities in France and England, 1640-1720“, L’Esprit Créateur, 62.4 (2022), 40-55.
  • „Confessional Disputes in the Republic of Letters: Susan Du Verger and Margaret Cavendish“, The Seventeenth Century, 34.2 (2019), 181-207.
  • „‚The minde is matter moved‘: Nehemiah Grew on Margaret Cavendish“, Intellectual History Review, 27.4 (2017), 493-514.