Literature: early modern literature and political philosophy
Jeffrey B. Griswold is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the English Department at George Mason University. His teaching and research focus on the literature and political philosophy of the English Renaissance. His book project, entitled Human Insufficiency: Natural Slavery and the Racialization of Vulnerability in Early Modern England, examines how Renaissance representations of embodied weakness were part of a race-making strategy to justify slavery. By depicting the human political subject as exceptionally vulnerable, literary and philosophical writers portrayed the English as needing care from bodies imagined to be less than human in their physical sufficiency and therefore predisposed to servitude.
“Political Ecology and the Mutabilitie Cantos.” Special section on “Spenserian Ecological Futures,” eds. Tiffany Werth & Kirsten Schuhmacher. The Spenser Review 50.3 (Fall 2020): https://www.english.cam.ac.uk/spenseronline/review/item/50.3.4/.
Shakespeare and Race (ENGH 323)
Theory and Inquiry: Fictions of the Human (ENGH 308)
English Poetry and Prose of the Sixteenth Century (ENGH 321)
Reading the Past: What is Justice? (HNRS 240)
English Renaissance Drama (ENGH 324)
Early Modern Literature and the Limits of the Human (ENGH 431)
Shakespeare (ENGH 322)
Texts and Contexts: Shakespeare (ENGH 202)
PhD in English, University of Maryland, College Park