Department of English

University of Toronto

Nyquist, Mary

Mary Nyquist
Professor of English; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor, University of Toronto St. George
Office Phone: 416-946-0354
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, Room 831
Victoria College Office Location: Birge Carnegie 23
Office Hours and/or Leave Status:
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Teaching and Research Interests: Early modern literature, Atlantic colonialism, and political theory; Literature of revolution (mid-seventeenth century England and the 1790’s);  Reception of Scriptural and Graeco-Roman literature; History and Representations of Violence; Early Modern, Modern, and Contemporary Poetry; Post-colonial literature and critical race theory.

B.A. University of Minnesota, (summa cum laude); M.A., Ph.D., University of Toronto

Recent Honours and Awards

SSHRC Insight Grant (2013-19) [10/84]

Irene Samuel Memorial Award for Milton and Questions of History (2013)

Jackman Humanities Fellowship (2011-12)

Honoured Scholar, Milton Society of America (2011) [1st at U of T since Northrop Frye, 1975]

Victoria College Senate Research Grant (2009-10; 2011-12)

Dean’s Excellence Award (2005, 2013)

SSHRC Standard Research Grant (2002-06; earlier, 3 grants)


Academic Books
Arbitrary Rule: Slavery, Tyranny, and the Power of Life and Death (University of Chicago Press, 2013)

Milton and Questions of History: Essays Past and Present by Canadians, eds. Feisal Mohammad and Mary Nyquist (University of Toronto Press, 2012)

Re-Membering Milton: New Essays on the Texts and Traditions, ed. Margaret Ferguson and Mary Nyquist (Routledge, Kegan and Paul, 1987)

Refereed Book Chapters Forthcoming:
“Defoe’s Friday as ‘Fit Help,’” Milton and the Long Restoration, ed. Blair Hoxby and Ann Coiro (Oxford, forthcoming 2015) [14,000 words]

“Ancient Liberties and Slaveries,” Oxford Handbook to Law and Literature, 1500-1700, ed. Lorna Hutson and Bradin Cormack (Oxford, 2015)

“The Liberty of Naming: Figurative Servitude, Slavery, and Service,” Slaveries Old and New: The Meaning of Freedom, ed. Julia O’Connell Davidson (Proceedings of the British Academy, Oxford, 2015 or 16)

Refereed Articles:
“Hobbes, Slavery and Despotical Rule,” Representations, no. 106 (Summer, 2009), 1-33

“The Plight of Buchanan’s Jephtha: Sacrifice, Sovereignty and Paternal Power,” Comparative Literature, Vol. 60.4 (Fall 2008), 331-354

“Contemporary Ancestors of de Bry, Hobbes, and Milton,” University of Toronto Quarterly, Special Issue: Milton in America, Vol. 77.3, ed. Paul Stevens (Summer, 2008), 837-875

"'Profuse, Proud Cleopatra:' 'Barbarism' and Female Rule in Early Modern English Republicanism," in The Representation of Gender in the English Revolution, 1640-1660, ed. Sharon Achinstein, Women's Studies, Vol. 24 (1994), 85-130.

"The Father's Word / Satan's Wrath," PMLA, 100.2 (1985), 187-202.

"Reading the Fall: Discourse and Drama in Paradise Lost," English Literary Renaissance, 14.2 (1984), 199-229

Refereed Chapters in Books:
“Equiano, Satanism, and Slavery,” Milton Now, ed. Erin Murphy and Catherine Gray (Palgrave, forthcoming, 2014), 215-246 [16,000 words]

“Sovereignty and Conquest,” The Bloomsbury Companion to Hobbes, ed. S. A. Lloyd (Bloomsbury Publishing: London, 2012), 313-19.

“Slavery, Resistance and Nation in Milton and Locke,” Early Modern Nationalism and Milton’s England,” ed. David Loewenstein and Paul Stevens (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008), 356-397

“Determining Influences: Mentorship and Resistance in the Anglo-American Realist Novel," New Essays on Edith Wharton's 'House of Mirth,' ed. Deborah Esch (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2000), 63-129

"Wanting Protection: ‘Fair Ladies’, Sensibility and Romance," Mary Wollstonecraft and 200 Years of Feminisms, ed. Eileen Yeo (London and New York: Rivers Oram Press, 1997), 61-85.

"Romance in the Forbidden Zone," ReImagining Women: Representations of Women in Culture, ed. Shirley Neuman and Glennis Stephenson (Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press, 1993), 160-81.

"The Genesis of Gendered Subjectivity in the Divorce Tracts and Paradise Lost," Re-membering Milton (Routledge, 1987), 99-127

"Fallen Differences, Phallogocentric Discourses: Losing Paradise Lost to History," Post-Structuralism and the Question of History, ed. Derek Attridge, Geoff Bennington, and Robert Young (Cambridge University Press, 1987), 212-43

"Gynesis, Genesis, Exegesis: The Formation of Milton's Eve," Witches, Cannibals, Divorce, ed. Marjorie Garber (Johns Hopkins, 1986), 147-208

"Textual Overlapping and Dalilah's Harlot-Lap," in Renaissance Texts and Literary Theory, ed. Patricia Parker and David Quint (Johns Hopkins, 1986), 140-72

"Musing on Susanna's Music," Lyric Poetry After the New Criticism, ed. Chaviva Hosek and Patricia Parker (Cornell, 1985), 310-27

Conference Proceedings or Published Talks:
"Ever (Wo)man's Friend," Reconceiving Chaucer: Literary Theory and Historical Interpretations, ed. Thomas Hahn, Exemplaria, 2.1 (1990), 37-47.

"Protesting Too Much: Feminist Discourse Under Pressure," Occasional Papers Series, Centre for Women's Studies, O.I.S.E., 1987

Selected Reprinted Articles or Chapters:
“The Genesis of Gendered Subjectivity,” Paradise Lost, Norton Critical Edition, ed.  Jason Rosenblatt (2010)

"Romance in the Forbidden Zone," Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, Vol. 198, eds. Tom Schoenberg  and Lawrence J. Trudeau  (Detroit: Gale, 2008), 278-288 

“Genesis of Gendered Subjectivity,” Gale’s Literary Criticism from 1400 to 1800, Vol. 97, ed. Tom Schoenberg and Lawrence J. Trudeau  (Detroit: Gale, 2004 ), 250-51.

“The Genesis of Gendered Subjectivity,” [rpt, abridged] Paradise Lost: New Casebook Series, ed. William Zunder (Hampshire: Macmillan Press, 1999), 156-179

"Textual Overlapping and Dalilah's Harlot-Lap," [rpt, abridged] Homer,  ed. Katherine Callen King, Vol. 5, Classical Heritage, Gen. Ed. Ward W. Briggs, Jr., Vol. 5 (New York and London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1994),  48-70

"Fallen Differences, Phallogocentric Discourses: Losing Paradise Lost to History, [rpt, abridged] Critical Essays on Milton, ed. Annabel Patterson (London and New York: Longmans, 1992),  165-84

Literary Work in Progress:
Using (manuscript of poetry – ¾ complete)

Refereed Literary Publications
“Uncle Sam’s Strike-Tease,” [rpt.] Cry Uncle, ed. Allan Briesmaster. Aeolus House (2013)

“Without the Law,” Gendered Intersections: An Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies, ed. Lesley Briggs and Pamela Downe (Firewood Publishing, 2005),  227

“Uncle Sam’s Strike-Tease,” Special Issue of Resources for Feminist Research on “Women in a World of War and Militarization,” Vol. 30, Nos. 3 and 4, ed. Himani Bannerji and Shahrzad Mojab, (2003), 147

“The Silent Treatment,” The Malahat Review (Winter, 2002), 52

“Struck Dumb,” [rpt.] Violence Against Women:  New Canadian Perspectives, eds. M. J. McKenna, Katherine M..  & June Larkin (Toronto: Inanna Publications and Education Inc., 2002), 273-76

“The Work of Nature in the Age of Electronic” Queen St. Quarterly, Vol. 3, No. 4 (Winter 2000), 26

“Struck Dumb” in “Women and Education,” special issue of Canadian Woman Studies\les cahiers de la femme, Vol. 17, 4 (Winter, 1998), 69-71

"Bruised" and "Unlicensed Literacy" in" Symbolic Violence and the Avant-Garde", special issue of Tessera, Vol. 21 (Winter, 1996), 66, 67

"Babytalk," Contemporary Verse 2, Vol. 16, no. 3 (Winter, 1994), 14

"Wet Toes," Tessera, Vol. 17, (Winter, 1994), 90-91

Current Writing Projects
Down: Embodied Servility and Liberty

Milton, Laps(e) and Servitude

Shakespeare and 'The Tyrant's Stroke'

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