Su Fang Ng

Su Fang Ng

Su Fang Ng

Associate Professor


229 Shanks Hall 
181 Turner St. NW 
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership



  • Early Modern Literature
  • Shakespeare
  • Milton
  • Postcolonial Literature
  • Comparative Literature

Professional Activities

  • Milton Society of America
  • Shakespeare Association of America
  • Modern Language Association


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • M.A., Emory University
  • B.A., Whitman College

Awards and Honors

Clifford A. Cutchins Professor, Virginia Tech, 2017

Solmsen Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2017-2018.

Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford University, Trinity 2016.

Visiting Fellow, Centre for Transcultural Studies, Heidelberg University, Oct 2015-April 2016.

Affiliated Fellow, International Institute for Asian Studies, Leiden, June 2011

Harrington Fellow, University of Texas at Austin, 2009-2010.

Delta Delta Delta Fellow, National Humanities Center, 2007-2008.

American Philosophical Society/British Academy Joint Fellowship for Research in London, June-August 2007.

Bunting Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, 2005-2006.

Short-term Fellow, Newberry Library, Chicago, May 2003.

Selected Publications


Alexander the Great from Britain to Southeast Asia: Peripheral Empires in the Global Renaissance. Classical Presences series. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019.

Literature and the Politics of Family in Seventeenth-Century England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007, paperback 2009.

Edited Journal Special Issue

Editor, Transcultural Networks in the Indian Ocean, 16th-18th Centuries: Europeans and Indian Ocean Societies in Interaction, special issue of Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 48.2 (2015): 119-340.


“Milton, Buchanan, and King Arthur,” Review of English Studies (2019).

“Speaking Transnationally: Early Modern European Cross-Cultural Exchanges with Islamic Southeast Asia,” Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 48.2 (July 2015): 289-313.

“Global Souvenirs: Bridging East and West in the Malay Alexander Romance,” special issue on The Global Middle Ages, ed. Geraldine Heng and Lynn Ramey, Literature Compass 11/7 (2014): 395-408.

“Dutch Wars, Global Trade, and the Heroic Poem: Dryden’s Annus Mirabilis (1666) and Amin’s Sya’ir Perang Mengkasar (1670),” Modern Philology 109.3 (February 2012): 352-84.

“Pirating Paradise: Alexander the Great, Dutch East Indies, and Satanic Empire in Milton’s Paradise Lost,” Milton Studies 52 (2011): 59-91.

(with Kenneth Hodges) “Saint George, Islam, and Regional Courts in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 32 (2010): 257-94.

“Global Renaissance: Alexander the Great and Early Modern Classicism from the British Isles to the Malay Archipelago,” Comparative Literature 58.4 (Fall 2006): 293-312.

Book Chapters

“Resistance,” in A Cultural History of Western Empires, Vol. 3 The Renaissance, ed. Ania Loomba, gen. ed. Antoinette Burton, Bloomsbury Cultural History series. London: Bloomsbury Academic, UK, 2018. Pp. 181-202.

“Genealogical Memory: Constructing Female Rule in Seventeenth-Century Aceh,” in Gendered Temporalities in the Early Modern World, ed. Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018. Pp. 135-57.

“Bare-forked Animals: King Lear and the Problems of Patriarchalism,” in Family Politics in Early Modern Literature, ed. Hannah Crawforth and Sarah Lewis. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017. Pp. 173-90.

“Spenser’s Erotic Refusals,” in The Erotics of Memory in Shakespeare’s England, ed. John Garrison and Kyle Pivetti. New York: Routledge, 2016. Pp. 192-206.

“The Alexander Romance in Southeast Asia: Wonder, Islam, and Knowledge of the World,” in Alexander the Great in the Middle Ages: Transcultural Perspectives, ed. Markus Stock and Stefanie Schmitt. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2016. Pp. 104-22.