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Sandra Logan

Early Modern Literature and Culture

Office: 212 Linton Hall
Phone: (517) 432-0682

Sandra Logan is faculty adviser for the”Early Modern at MSU” graduate student group, and serves on the Steering Committee for the Global Literary and Cultural Studies Research Cluster from 2004-2009, and served as Acting Director of Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities in 2008. She was nominated by the department of English for the 2009 MSU Teacher-Scholar award. 

Her research includes the history and theory of drama (including Shakespeare), poetry and poetics, historiography, and women writers, and focuses especially on questions of gender, class, nation, and social formations. Her first book, Text /Events in Early Modern England: Poetics of History (Ashgate Publishing, 2007) explores early modern strategies of authority, authorship, and social formation by examining the uses of hypotyposisand other rhetorical strategies in multiple accounts of Elizabethan and pre-Tudor events. She has two new book-length projects underway:States of Exception: Systemic Violence and Subjective Liminality in Early Modern England,which considers the implications of the early modern state’s explicit and implicit exercise of violence in subject/state relations; and Poetics of Silence: Shakespeare, Mummery, and Early Cinema, which situates the mediating representational strategies of silent Shakespeare films in relation to broader questions of interpretation, adaptation, and circulation. In addition, she has published articles and essays on early modern class and systemic violence, the literary and historical elision of women’s rule, Shakespeare’s audiences and staged mediation, and virtual travel in early modern texts.

She has received research awards including the Intramural Research Grant from MSU (2004-5 and 2009-10), a Fellowship from the Folger Shakespeare Library (2007), and Newberry Library Early Modern Studies Consortium funding, which have supported research residencies at the Newberry Library, the Folger Library, the British Library, and the British Film Institute. In both her teaching and research, she endeavors to use theoretical and literary texts of the past to reflect on critical, social, and political questions of the present.



“Gender in Medieval and Renaissance Europe” 
“Early Modern Utopias” (Integrative Studies Program)
“English Literature to 1660” 
“Women Playwrights in Early Modern England” 
“Poetry and Poetics”

Graduate Seminars:

“The Problem of History” 
“Emergent Modernity” 
“England as Colony and Colonizer” 
“Sovereignty and State Violence” 
Team-taught Interdisciplinary Graduate Seminars
“Women and the Problem of Agency in the Pre-Modern World” 
“Self and Other in the Medieval and Early Modern World” 
“The Nature of Nature”