Lars Engle PhD

Department Chairperson of English Language and Literature
Chapman Professor of English Henry Kendall College of Arts & Sciences
English Language and Literature
Curriculum Vitae [PDF]


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.

Ph.D., Yale University
M.A., Cambridge University
B.A., Cambridge University
A.B., Harvard University

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.

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

The following may be selected publications rather than a comprehensive list.


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

Book Chapters

Engle, Lars. “Shakespeare and the Critics: An Overview.” Cambridge Guide to World Shakespeares, Ed. Bruce Smith. Cambridge University Press, 2016. Print.

"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

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

Engle, Lars. “The Political Uncanny: The Novels of Nadine Gordimer.” Yale Journal of Criticism 2.2 (1989): 101–127. Print.

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

"Afloat in Thick Deeps: Shakespeare's Sonnets on Certainty," PMLA 104, October l989, pp. 832-843

"'Thrift is Blessing': Exchange and Explanation in The Merchant of Venice," Shakespeare Quarterly 37, Spring 1986, pp. 20-37


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

ENGL 2513 Reading Major British Writers I
ENGL 3703 Special Topics in Language and Literature I
ENGL 7153 Shakespeare
ENGL 8103 Representative Figures
ENGL 8173 Special Topics in Literature Before 1800
ENGL 8203 Special Topics in Modern Literature
ENGL 9989 Dissertation
HON 1003 Greek History, Philosophy and Drama