Dr Antoinina Bevan Zlatar is a Senior Teaching and Research Associate in Literature at the English Department of the University of Zurich. She is currently completing a Habilitationsschrift entitled Making and Breaking Images in Milton’s Paradise Lost, generously funded by a Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione award (2013-2015). After reading English at the University of Oxford, she completed a Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures in Renaissance Literatures at the University of Geneva, followed by a Doctorate conducted jointly at the English Department and the Institut d’Histoire de la Réformation. She has been affiliated to the English Department of the University of Zurich since 2003.
Reformation Fictions: Polemical Protestant Dialogues in Elizabethan England. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011
Reformation Fictions rehabilitates some twenty polemical dialogues published in Elizabethan England, for the first time giving them a literary, historicist, and theological reading. By juxtaposing these English dialogues with their continental Lutheran and Calvinist counterparts on the one hand, and with English sermons, catechisms, theological treatises, and Reformation plays on the other, this study theorizes the genre, identifies its fictional agency, and assesses its radicalizing impact on English Protestant discourse. As a strategic defence against the censor, fiction licences the delivery of radical ideas.
Making and Breaking Images in John Milton's Paradise Lost (SNF Ambizione 2013-2015)
This project is interdisciplinary in that it situates the late work of a giant of the literary canon, the blind John Milton, in the context of a particular 17th-century debate on the legitimacy of imagining and imaging things that the eye cannot see: God the Father and the Son in heaven, Satan in hell, and Adam and Eve in a state of prelapsarian innocence. The Caroline image debate of the 1620s and 1630s was conducted in the material world that the sighted Milton inhabited as well as in the more abstract world of print. The appeal of the project lies in bringing Paradise Lost into dialogue with this material / textual debate in the public sphere as a corrective to the exclusively textual and literary emphasis that continues to prevail in Milton studies.
What is an Image in Medieval and Early Modern England? SPELL: Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature 34. Ed. Antoinina Bevan Zlatar and Olga Timofeeva. Tübingen: Narr, 2017 (forthcoming)
Seventeenth-century Cultures of Reading: Anne Clifford’s European Library
Anne Clifford (1590-1676), Countess of Pembroke, Dorset, and Montgomery, diarist and chronicler, commissioned a triptych of herself in 1646. Anne is depicted at three distinct ages surrounded by some 50 books all with legible titles. This virtual library ranges from literature and books of devotion more usually associated with women (Ovid, Castiglione, Cervantes, Chaucer, Spenser, Jonson, Donne; Augustine, the Bible, sermons) to more ‘masculine’ works of history and philosophy (Plutarch, Seneca, Eusebius, Montaigne, Charron, Hakewell). It is European: English works appear alongside translations of Latin, French, Spanish, and Italian landmarks. The aim would be to use this library as a framework for exploring cultures of reading in 17th-century England. It would be a team project with an interdisciplinary approach. I have already begun to explore one aspect of this library in ‘Anne Clifford and her Bible’, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, 2017.
Shakespeare and the Devil
My research projects have invariably begun life in the classroom. The idea for this project stems from a BA seminar on the construction of evil in early modern literature. It will take Hamlet, Othello and The Merchant of Venice as starting points for a discussion of Shakespeare’s tabulation of vice and culpability. How far is the devil a fable on Shakespeare's stage?
Reformation Fictions: Protestant Polemical Dialogues in Elizabethan England. Oxford: Oxford University Press, June 2011.
Reformation Fictions: Protestant Polemical Dialogues in Elizabethan England. Oxford Scholarship Online. Oxford University Press. September 2011. <http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577774.001.0001>
(Reviewed in: Church History, 82: 1, 2013; English Historical Review,127, 2012; Sixteenth-Century Journal, 44: 2, 2013; Bibliothèque d’Humanisme et Renaissance; Literature and Theology; Journal of Ecclesiastical History; Comitatus: A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies)
What is an Image in Medieval and Early Modern England? SPELL: Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature 34. Ed. Antoinina Bevan Zlatar and Olga Timofeeva. Tübingen: Narr, 2017. (forthcoming)
‘Milton among the Iconoclasts’. In Making Milton. Ed. Marissa Nicosia, John Garrison, and Emma Depledge. (in negotiation with OUP)
‘Looking at Milton’s Similitudes in Paradise Lost’ . In What is an Image in Medieval and Early Modern England? SPELL: Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature 34. Ed. Antoinina Bevan Zlatar and Olga Timofeeva. Tübingen: Narr, 2017. (forthcoming)
‘Flowers wrought in carpets’: looking afresh at the Homily against Peril of Idolatrie’. In Crossing Traditions: Essays on Reformation and Intellectual History in Honour of Irena Backus. Ed. Christina Pitassi. Brill: 2017. 1-16. (forthcoming)
‘Anne Clifford and her Bible’, SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900. Vol. 57,1 (Winter 2017):157-180.
‘Reforming Eve’s Sin: Milton and the Mystery Cycles’. In The Construction of Textual Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Literature. SPELL: Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature 22. Ed. Indira Ghose and Denis Renevey. Tübingen: Narr, 2009. 201-216.
'"Unclean spirits like frogs": polemical Protestant dialogues and the Campion Affair'. In Writing and Reform in Sixteenth-Century England. Ed. John Blakeley and Mike Pincombe. Lampeter: Edwin Mellen Press, 2008. 51-74.
‘Milton’s Eikonoklastes’. The Literary Encyclopedia (forthcoming)
‘Tudor Polemical Protestant Dialogues’. The Literary Encyclopedia, Nov. 2013. <http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19349>
Peter Marshall, Religious Identities in Henry VIII’s England. Ashgate, 2006. In Bibliothèque d’Humanisme et Renaissance, 69, 2007. 523-525.
Matthieu Arnold, La correspondance de Luther. Philipp von Zabern,1996. In Revue de Théologie et de Philosophie, 131, 1999. 237-238.
Dominique Bertrand, ‘The Society of Jesus and the Church Fathers in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries’. In The Reception of the Church Fathers in the West. Ed. I. Backus, Leiden: Brill, 1997. 889-950.
Jean-Louis Quantin, ‘The Fathers in Seventeenth Century Roman Catholic Theology’. In The Reception of the Church Fathers in the West. Ed. I. Backus, Leiden: Brill, 1997. 951-986.
Daniel-Odon Hurel, ‘The Benedictines of the Congregation of St-Maur and the Church Fathers’. In The Reception of the Church Fathers in the West. Ed. I. Backus, Leiden: Brill, 1997. 1009-1038.
2017 BA Seminar 'Early modern Selfhoods', Zurich
2016 MA Seminar 'Making and Breaking Images in 17th-century Literature', Zurich
BA Seminar 'Gender Politics in Milton’s Paradise Lost', Zurich
2012 Lecture ‘An Introduction to English Literature, 1500-1800’, Geneva
BA Seminar ‘Early Modern Selfhoods’, Geneva
BA Seminar ‘The Construction of Evil in Early Modern Literature’, Zurich
2011 MA Seminar ‘Making and Breaking Images in John Milton’, Geneva
BA Seminar ‘Bodies Politic in Sidney, Spenser and Milton’, Zurich
2010 Lecture ‘Reconfiguring the Ancients in Shakespeare, Spenser and Milton’, Zurich
BA Seminar ‘Early Modern Selfhoods from Wyatt to Lady Anne Clifford’, Zurich
2009 BA Seminar ‘The Construction of Evil in Early Modern Literature’, Zurich
2008 BA Seminar ‘Bodies Politic in Sidney, Spenser and Shakespeare’, Zurich
2007 BA Seminar ‘Making and Breaking Images in Milton’, Zurich
2006 Lecture series with Allen Reddick ‘Poets and Poetic Influence, 1590s-1790s’
Colloquium ‘Readings in Poetic Influence’, Zurich
BA Seminar ‘Poets and Poetic Influence, 1590s-1714’, Geneva
Colloquium ‘Reformation Fictions: Faustus, Hamlet, The Faerie Queene’, Zurich
2005 Proseminar II: An Introduction to English Poetry, Zurich
2004 Proseminar II: An Introduction to English Poetry, Zurich