Yulia Ryzhik holds a Ph.D. in English from Harvard University. Her book in progress, "Donne's Spenser: From Allegory to Metaphor in Renaissance Poetics," elucidates a hitherto unexamined relation between the poetry of John Donne (1572-1631) and that of his immediate predecessor, Edmund Spenser (1552-1599). This relation, at once antagonistic and emulative, represents a crucial transition from allegory to metaphor as the dominant instrument of poetic thinking, particularly with respect to the truth claims made by figurative language. In this difficult, dialectical progression we can see the emerging terms of creative expression in the modern world. Ryzhik's graduate studies were supported by several fellowships, including the Mellon, Paul and Daisy Soros, and Whiting. She also spent a semester as a Reader at the Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies, Villa I Tatti (Florence, Italy). Her publications include "Books, Fans, and Mallarmé's Butterfly" (PMLA, May 2011) and "Chastening Pictures: Donne and Aretino" (Renaissance Studies in Honor of Joseph Connors, Olschki, 2013). Ryzhik is currently putting together an edited collection of essays, Spenser and Donne: Thinking Poets, and beginning research on a new monograph on the culture of satire, anchored in the Renaissance (classical and continental influences on English satire; Shakespeare as a satirist) and examining the philosophical status of satirical hyperbole and the capacity of satire to generate reform. At Princeton, she has taught 17th-century British literature, been part of the faculty team in the Humanistic Studies sequence, covering material from the Renaissance to Modernity, and in fall 2014 will reprise her upper-level English seminar, Satire: Mockery and Reform from Aristophanes to South Park.