Jeffrey B. Griswold

Jeffrey B. Griswold

Jeffrey B. Griswold

Postdoctoral R & T Fellow

Literature: early modern literature and political philosophy

Jeffrey B. Griswold is a Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow in the English Department at George Mason University. He received his PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2019. His teaching and research focus on the literature and political philosophy of the English Renaissance. His book project, entitled Human Insufficiency: Race, Servitude, and Species Difference in Early Modern English Literature and Political Philosophy, seeks to understand why early modern writers frequently described the human as the weakest and most vulnerable of all animals. What were the ideological stakes and the philosophical implications of such representations? By tracing depictions of Man as the insufficient animal through early modern literature and philosophy, this project recovers an intellectual history of race, slavery, and political thought grounded in a surprising object: the fragile human body. Broadly, his scholarship explores issues of political belonging, consent, embodiment, race, the human, and allegory.

Selected Publications

“Homo Homini Lupus: Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi and the Vicissitudes of a Political Adage.” Studies in Philology (forthcoming).

“Political Ecology and the Mutabilitie Cantos.” Special section on “Spenserian Ecological Futures,” eds. Tiffany Werth & Kirsten Schuhmacher. The Spenser Review 50.2 (Fall 2020):

“Human Insufficiency and the Politics of Accommodation in King Lear.” Renaissance Drama 47.1 (Spring 2019): 73-94.

“The False Florimell and Nonhuman Consent.” The Spenser Review 49.1 (Winter 2019):

“Macbeth’s Thick Night and the Political Ecology of a Dark Scotland.” Critical Survey 31.3 (Autumn 2019): 31-43.

“Allegorical Consent: The Faerie Queene and the Politics of Erotic Subjection.” Spenser Studies 29 (2014): 219-237.