***The Elizabeths has moved to a shiny new site of its own! Check it out by heading over here.***
The Elizabeths is an in-progress work of fiction shaped somewhere between a collection of short stories and a series of prose-poems. It currently follows four women – each living in the early 17th century, each named Elizabeth, each a historian of elemental stuff – and in the course of that following it introduces pieces of their work in the histories of liquid, wind, flame, or burial. The project began as a brief offering contributed to a May 21 2015 gathering at Princeton that was devoted to an experiment in “conjectural historiography”: imagining and memorializing historians who never existed, but should have. My contribution to this collective performance took the form of a memorial to four women, all inspired by medical cases from The Casebooks Project, and all devoted to histories of and with basic material stuff. You can check it out over at the main project site for The Elizabeths.