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October 17, 2012

Lauren Shohet

My fields of teaching and research interest are early-modern poetry and drama (especially in England, and especially Shakespeare and Milton); adaptation studies, the history of material texts, and genre studies. My current work on these topics has taken me into ecocriticism, digital humanities, and translation theory as well. Recently, I’ve written on early-modern women’s elegy, human-non-human networks in Renaissance pastoral, the power of poetic forms at English Renaissance courts, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials in relation to Paradise Lost, “You-Tube and the Idea of an Archive,” and patriarchy in Shakespeare’s Macbeth and its box-office-movie adaptation Scotland, PA. I published Reading Masques: the English Masque and Public Culture in the Seventeenth Century with Oxford University Press in 2010 and recently edited an Othello i-pad app for Luminary Shakespeare LLC.

I’m drawn to study and teach literature because it sponsors conversations: between the present and the past, between forms (like sonnets) and historical events (like revolutions), between scholarly analysis and popular debate, between selves and others, between "what" and "what if." I find our present moment of rapid technological and cultural change both baffling and exciting, and I am interested in exploring ways that canonical texts of English literature and well honed tools of literary analysis can offer archives, tool boxes, and inspirations for considering vital questions confronting us today.

Having studied harpsichord performance and comparative literature as an undergraduate (Oberlin College BA 1986, B.Mus. 1987), I received my graduate degrees in English from Brown University (MA 1992, Ph.D. 1995). My work has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Shakespeare Association of America, the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Huntington Library, the Bogliasco Foundation for Humanistic Study, the German Academic Exchange Service, the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. I’m the first holder of Villanova’s endowed Luckow Family Professorship in English.

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