Su Fang Ng, an assistant professor of English at the University of Oklahoma, researches and teaches in the field of early modern literature. She has just completed a book manuscript on revolutionary and radical uses of the family-state analogy in seventeenth-century England. Her published essays range in subject from late-medieval bible translation to early Stuart court patronage and postcolonial nationalisms.
While at Radcliffe, Ng will begin a book project, “Translating Empire: Classicism and Colonialism between East and West,” examining western and Islamic versions of classical figures. Exploring how Greco-Roman models of empire became part of native histories of early modern kingdoms from the British Isles to the Malay archipelago, she contends that translatio imperii did not take a simple westward trajectory. Interested in how classical history mediated encounters between cultures in the early modern precolonial period, she will examine English response to Eastern empires in the context of a shared classical history by reading England against the Ottoman empire and against early modern Islamic states in Southeast Asia.
Ng received her doctorate from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, where she won a distinguished dissertation award. She won the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship and two Andrew W. Mellon fellowships at the University of Michigan and received several junior faculty summer grants from the University of Oklahoma. Her research has also been supported by an Oklahoma Humanities Council grant and a Newberry Library short-term fellowship.