About the Blogger
My name is Jillian Linster; I have a PhD in early modern literature from the University of Iowa, where I am currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of English. My dissertation project, “Books, Bodies, and the ‘Great Labor’ of Helkiah Crooke’s Mikrokosmographia” explores the story of the first comprehensive anatomy manual in English and the fundamental relationship between physical book objects and human bodies. I am currently at work on an online edition of Mikrokosmographia and a monograph that tells the biography of that book. Other research interests include censorship of the female body in early modern England and and the role of print publication in the medical profession. I first became interested in Crooke as an MA student in Dr. Darlene Farabee’s “Early Modern Perceptions” seminar at the University of South Dakota in the spring of 2010, and I have been studying his life and books since then.