Lars Engle - Faculty & Adjuncts

Lars Engle, PhD

Lars Engle, PhD
Site Co-Director
Chapman Professor of English
College of Arts & Sciences
English and Creative Writing
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PhD – Yale University MA – Cambridge University BA – Cambridge University AB – Harvard University


I have taught Renaissance and medieval literature at TU since 1988, publishing a book on Shakespeare in 1993, coediting an anthology of Renaissance drama in 2002, and publishing a coauthored book on Renaissance drama in 2014: I've also published many articles on Renaissance drama and poetry, on Chaucer, and on recent South African literature.

Research Interests

I’m currently working on a book on Shakespeare and Montaigne. It attempts to describe what is modern and progressive about Shakespeare and what is not.

Teaching Interests

Renaissance and Medieval British literature, with particular attention to Shakespeare and Renaissance drama.
South African Literature



  • Studying Shakespeare’s Contemporaries, with Eric Rasmussen, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014

  • English Renaissance Drama: A Norton Anthology, eds. David Bevington (General Editor), Lars Engle, Katharine Maus, and Eric Rasmussen, W. W. Norton, 2002

  • Shakespearean Pragmatism: Market of His Time, University of Chicago Press, 1993

  • Engle , L., P. Gray, and W. Hamlin. Shakespeare and Montaigne. Edinburgh University Press.

Journal Articles

  • “Not Shakespeare,” Shakespeare Quarterly 65:2 (Summer 2014), pp. 105-8.

  • “Moral Agency in Hamlet,” Shakespeare Studies 40 (2012), pp. 87-97.

  • “How is Horatio Just? How Just is Horatio?” Shakespeare Quarterly 62:2 (Summer 2011), pp. 256-262.

  • “Shame and Reflection in Montaigne and Shakespeare,” in Peter Holland, ed., Shakespeare Survey 63 (Cambridge: Cambridge U. P., 2010), pp. 249-261.

  • “Being Literary in the Wrong Way, Time, and Place: J. M. Coetzee’s Youth,” in English Studies in Africa 49:2 (Spring 2008), pp. 29-49.

  • “Recent Studies in Tudor and Stuart Drama,” SEL: Studies in English Literature Vol. 37, No. 2, Spring 1997, pp. 415-60

  • “Afloat in Thick Deeps: Shakespeare’s Sonnets on Certainty,” PMLA 104, October l989, pp. 832-843

  • “Bakhtin, Chaucer, and Griselda,” Exemplaria Vol. 1 No. 2, Fall 1989, pp. 429-459

  • Engle , L. The Political Uncanny: The Novels of Nadine Gordimer. Vol. 2, Yale Journal of Criticism, 1989, pp. 101-27.
  • “‘Thrift is Blessing’: Exchange and Explanation in The Merchant of Venice,Shakespeare Quarterly 37, Spring 1986, pp. 20-37

  • “Hearing Voices: Signal and Urban Noise in Augustine’s Confessions and Shakespeare’s Coriolanus,” Shakespeare Survey 73 (Cambridge University Press, 2021). Accepted 4/15/2019.

Book Chapters

  • Engle , L. “Shakespeare and the Critics: An Overview”. Cambridge Guide to World Shakespeares, Ed. Bruce Smith, Cambridge University Press, 2016.
  • “Pragmatism,” in Arthur Kinney, ed., The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare (Oxford and New York: Oxford U. P., 2012), pp. 641-662.

  • “Marlowe and the Self,” in Christopher Marlowe in Context, eds. Emily Bartels and Emma Smith (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge U. P., 2013), pp. 202-11.

  • “Middleton and Mimetic Rivalry,” in The Oxford Handbook of Middleton, eds. Gary Taylor and Trish Henley (Oxford and New York: Oxford U. P., 2012), pp. 437-451.

  • “William Empson,” in Hugh Grady, ed., Great Shakespeareans: Empson, Wilson Knight, Barber, Kott (New York and London: Continuum, 2012), pp. 14-57.

  • “J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace as an Uncanny Revision of Nadine Gordimer’s None to Accompany Me,” Michael Neill and Graham Bradshaw, eds., J. M. Coetzee’s Austerities, Ashgate, 2009, pp. 107-127.

  • “William Empson and the Sonnets,” in Michael Schoenfeldt, ed., Blackwell Companion to the Sonnets (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006), pp. 163-182.

  • “Sovereign Cruelty in Montaigne and King Lear,” in Graham Bradshaw, Thomas Bishop, and Peter Holbrook, eds., Shakespearean International Yearbook 6 (Aldershot and Burlington: Ashgate, 2006), pp. 119-139.

  • “Measure for Measure and modernity: the problem of the skeptic’s authority,” in Hugh Grady, ed., Shakespeare and Modernity: Early Modern to Millenium, London and New York, Routledge, 2000, pp. 85-104.

  • “‘I am that I am’: Shakespeare’s sonnets and the economy of shame”, in James Schiffer, ed.,
    Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Critical Essays, New York: Garland Press, 1999, pp. 184-197

  • “The Conservationist and the Political Uncanny,” in Bruce King, ed., The Later Fiction of Nadine Gordimer (London: Macmillan 1993), pp. 91-107

  • “Montaigne’s Shakespeare: The Tempest as test-case.” In Lars Engle, Patrick Gray, and William Hamlin, eds., Shakespeare and Montaigne (accepted at Edinburgh University Press). Forthcoming

  • Engle , L. “Introduction: The Art of the Thought-Experiment”. Shakespeare and Montaigne, Edinburgh University Press.

Book Reviews

  • “The New Oxford Shakespeare” (with Eric Rasmussen), The Review of English Studies, Volume 69, Issue 289, 1 April 2018, Pages 356–368,


  • Not Shakespeare, special issue of Shakespeare Quarterly, guest editor, Summer 2014.

Courses Taught

  • The Liberal Arts and Real Life
  • Directed M.A. Research; Directed Writing
  • Introduction to Creative Writing
  • Milton
  • Special Topics
  • Special Topics in English Literature
  • Shakespeare
  • King Arthur
  • Special Topics in Literature Before 1800
  • Internship
  • Exposition and Argument
  • First Seminar
  • Independent Study
  • First Year College Experience
  • Reading Major British Writers I

Professional Affiliations

  • Global Humanities Research Group
  • Shakespeare Association of America

Awards & Honors

  • Faculty Fellow, Oklahoma Center for Humanities Seminar on “Play”
  • Plenary Speaker
  • Kendall Fellow for Teaching Excellence
  • Appointed to Scholarly Editions Prize Committee
  • John M. Kirk Chair in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
  • Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Outstanding Teacher Award
  • Frank and Eleanor Griffiths Chair
  • Lloyd Davis Memorial Professor of Shakespeare Studies
  • Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education
  • John M. Kirk Chair in Medieval Literature
  • Visiting Lecturer