Antigone's Example: Early Modern Women's Political Writings and War

Thursday 14 March, 2013
6:15 - 7:30pm, $0

The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue, Room 4108

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Mihoko Suzuki earned her A.B. in an interdisciplinary major, History and Literature, in the College Scholar Program at Cornell University and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at Yale University. Her scholarship focuses on Renaissance and early modern literature and culture, English and European, with an emphasis on gender and authorship. She is the author of two books. Metamorphoses of Helen: Authority, Difference, and the Epicexamines the figure of Helen of Troy as a figure of difference for literary and political authority in classical and Renaissance epic. Subordinate Subjects: Gender, the Political Nation, and Literary Form in England, 1588-1688, argues for the importance of the contribution of non-aristocratic men and women to the political conversation leading up to, during, and after the tumultuous years of the English Revolution. In addition, she has edited or coedited six books, mostly on gender in the early modern period (Debating Gender in Early Modern England, 1500-1700The Rule of Women in Early Modern Europe), but also on contemporary feminist criticism (Diversifying the Discourse). She has also edited the writings of and about Mary Carletonand Elizabeth Cellier, notable (and notorious) women writers in seventeenth-century England, as well as coedited a 4-volume collection of printed and manuscript texts, Women’s Political Writings, 1610-1725. She has recently published volume 3 of the 10-volume Palgrave History of British Women’s Writing (1610-90).

Her current research aims to revise the history of political thought, which has heretofore focused almost exclusively on formal treatises written by such thinkers as Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Locke, by examining the works of early modern women writing in various genres. She is now working on a new book,Antigone’s Example, on women’s political writings during the seventeenth-century civil wars in England (1640-1660) and France (1648-53). Suzuki was on sabbatical research leave during 2011-12, for which she has been awarded research fellowships by the Folger Shakespeare Library and the New York Public Library.

Suzuki coedits, along with her University of Miami colleagues, Anne J. Cruz (MLL) and Mary Lindemann (History), Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal. With Ann Rosalind Jones and Jyotsna Singh, she coedits Transculturalisms, 1400-1700, a book series for Ashgate Publishing. She served for many years as review editor for Clio: A Journal of Literature, History, and the Philosophy of History. She has been an active member of various professional organizations. She serves on the Advisory Committee ofPMLA, the journal of the Modern Language Association. She is a member of the Executive Council of the Sixteenth Century Studies Society, an association of scholars from all disciplines in early modern studies, including history, art history, religion, history of science, musicology, and literary and cultural studies in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. She has served as President of the interdisciplinary Society for the Study of Early Modern Women, which includes scholars in English, French, Italian, German, and Spanish literature, history, history of science, art history, and music, and has served as President of the Women’s Caucus of the Modern Language Association, the professional association of scholars and teachers in English and modern languages. She has also served as the Chair of the selection committee for the William Riley Parker Prize (for the best article in PMLA).

At the University of Miami, before she was appointed the Director of the Center for the Humanities, she served as Director of Graduate Studies for the English department, as well as Director of the Program in Women’s Studies. 

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