- B.A., University of Michigan, 1993
- M.A., University of Washington, 1996
- DEA, University of Geneva, 2001
- Ph.D., University of Washington, 2003
Professor Maynard’s research focuses on the literature of the French Wars of Religion. She is the author of Reveries of Community: French Epic in the Age of Henri IV (1572-1616), forthcoming with Northwestern University Press.
Reveries of Community considers the role of epic poetry during the French Wars of Religion, the series of wars between Catholics and Protestants that dominated the political and social landscape of France between 1562 and 1598. Critics have often viewed the epic genre as a casualty of the Wars. Reveries of Community argues the opposite: that the Wars did not impede the writing of epic poetry, but rather, spurred the production of epic and inspired its content. In offering a narrative of continuity and destiny, epic poems provided ways to re-imagine the present and future of many forms of community—among them, religious, civic, regional, and national. Epic poets led readers beyond the temporal problems of war, while maintaining a link to the specific context of ongoing crises. Epic was thus the ideal genre to foster dreams of war and peace in a time of crisis.
Her next project, Polemic and Literature Surrounding the French Wars of Religion, is a collection co-edited with Jeffrey Kendrick (Virginia Military Institute), under contract at the Medieval Institute Press-Western Michigan University Press.
“Remarque en toy telle marque: Etienne Jodelle’s Parisian Inscriptions and Epitaphs in The French Wars of Religion.” French Studies 68, no. 4 (July 2014): 1-14.
“The Faces of Judith: Nationhood and Patronage in La Judit of Guillaume Salluste Du Bartas.” Romanic Review 100, no. 3 (May 2009): 235-247.
“Writing Martyrdom: Agrippa d’Aubigné’s Reconstruction of Sixteenth-century Martyrology.” Renaissance and Reformation/Renaissance et Réforme 30, no. 3 (Summer/Été 2006-7): 29-50.
“To the Point: The Needle, the Sword, and Female Exemplarity in Du Bartas’s La Judit.” Romance Notes 46, no. 2 (2007): 169-183.
“Avec la terre on possède la guerre” : The Erasure of Place in Ronsard’s Franciade.” In Usher, Philip J. and Isabelle Fernbach, eds. Shield and Field: Virgilian Spaces as/and Early Modern Identities. Suffolk, UK: Boydell and Brewer, 2012. 237-256.
“’Miel empoisonné’: Satire and Sickness in Ronsard’s Discours des Misères de ce temps.” In Renner, Bernd, ed. La satire dans tous ses états: Le “meslange satyrique” à la Renaissance française. Geneva: Librairie Droz, 2009. 245-264.