Antoinina Bevan Zlatar

Antoinina Bevan Zlatar, Dr.

Presence times: Fridays 14:30-15:30

a.bevan.zlatar@es.uzh.ch

Portrait

After reading English at the University of Oxford, I completed a Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures in Renaissance Literatures followed by a Doctorate at the University of Geneva. I have a long history at the English Department in Zurich: as Assistentin (2003-2009), as the recipient of a Swiss National Science Foundation Ambizione award (2013-2015), and as Oberassistentin (2016-2017). After teaching at the University of Lausanne (2018-2019), I am delighted to be working with Professor Isabel Karremann and her Early Modern team. My research interests include: John Milton and the long Reformation, particularly the ways in which his late poetry engages with early modern visual culture, image debates, and iconoclasm; the history of the book and early modern (female) reading culture; the use of literary tropes and satire in sixteenth-century Protestant polemic.

Research Projects

A World of Words and Books: Essays in Honour of Allen Reddick. Ed. Antoinina Bevan Zlatar, Mark Ittensohn, Enit Steiner and Olga Timofeeva. John Benjamins: forthcoming 2020.

Scholars from Switzerland, the UK and the USA explore the interstices between lexicography, the books trade, and the canonization and visualisation of literary figures and their works in the long eighteenth century.

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. What might this library tell us about female cultures of reading in 17th-century England?

Making and Breaking Images in John Milton's Paradise Lost (SNF Ambizione 2013-2015)

This project situates the blind John Milton’s epic poem 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 pre-lapsarian 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 world as a complement to the textual and literary emphasis that continues to prevail in Milton studies.

Reformation Fictions: Polemical Protestant Dialogues in Elizabethan England.

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. What comes to light is a body of satirical literature which brilliantly exploits its fictional status to deliver radical ideas. (LINK: publication)

Publications

Monograph     

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: 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; Church History, 82: 1, 2013)

Editions

A World of Words and Books: Essays in Honour of Allen Reddick. Ed. Antoinina Bevan Zlatar, Mark Ittensohn, Enit Steiner and Olga Timofeeva. John Benjamins: forthcoming 2020.

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.

Articles

‘God Talk: Seeing and Hearing the Dialogue in Heaven in Milton’s Paradise Lost’, Solicited for Milton Studies (forthcoming 2020).

‘Introduction’. A Word of Words and Books: Essays in Honour of Allen Reddick, ed. Antoinina Bevan Zlatar, Mark Ittensohn, Enit Steiner and Olga Timofeeva (forthcoming 2020).

‘“The pretious life-blood of a master spirit”: Thomas Hollis’s ‘Liberty’ Books and the Spirit and Body of John Milton’. A Word of Words and Books: Essays in Honour of Allen Reddick, ed. Antoinina Bevan Zlatar, Mark Ittensohn, Enit Steiner and Olga Timofeeva (forthcoming 2020).

‘Reading Anne Clifford’s Books in the Company of Samuel Daniel’ in Die feministische Aufklärung in Europa / The Feminist Enlightenment Across Europe, Special issue of Aufklärung, Band 32, ed. Isabel Karremann and Gideon Stiening, Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag (forthcoming 2020).

‘Milton among the Iconoclasts’. Making Milton. Ed. Marissa Nicosia, John Garrison, and Emma Depledge. (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2020)

‘Introduction’. 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, 2017.11-15.

‘Looking at Milton’s Similitudes in Paradise Lost’. 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. 241-265.

‘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.

‘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’. 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.

Encyclopaedia entries

‘Tudor Polemical Protestant Dialogues’. The Literary Encyclopedia, Nov. 2013. <http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19349>

Reviews

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.

 

Teaching

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, HamletThe Faerie Queene, Zurich

2005 Proseminar II: An Introduction to English Poetry, Zurich                   

2004 Proseminar II: An Introduction to English Poetry, Zurich