Faculty Experts - Lauren Shohet, PhD

Lauren Shohet, PhD

Lauren Shohet, PhD
Luckow Family Endowed Chair
Department of English
Villanova University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Areas of Expertise:

  • History of the Book, Media, Reading, and Publishing
  • William Shakespeare
  • John Milton
  • Popular-cultural adaptations of literature
  • Women’s writing before 1800


Dr. Shohet specializes in early-modern English poetry and drama, especially Shakespeare and Milton, the history of material texts, and the theory of literary form. She can also comment about literature from the Protestant Reformation and Renaissance periods.


  • Ph.D., English Literature, Brown University
  • M.A., English Literature, Brown University   
  • B. Mus., Harpsichord, Oberlin College
  • B.A., English and Comparative Literature, Oberlin College

Selected Publications

  • "Macbeth: The State of the Art," ed. John Drakakis and Dale Townshend, Continuum Renaissance Drama, gen. eds. Andrew Hiscock and Lisa Hopkins. London: Arden, 2013, 95-122.
  • "Inhabiting Form (Or, Reading at Appleton House)." Poetics Today, special issue "Beyond the New Historicism: Recent Approaches to Early Modern Studies," guest eds. Monika Fludernik and John Drakakis, 2013.
  • “Doing Genre.” With Black et. al. New Formalisms and Literary Theory, ed. Verena Theil and Linda Tredennick. Palgrave, 2013, pp. 54-68.
  • What’s missing in Sleep No More,” Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation 7, 2 (Winter 2013).
  • “Teaching Paradise Lost Through Adaptation, Or, Books Promiscuously Read.” Approaches to Teaching Milton’s Paradise Lost, 2nd ed., ed. Peter C. Herman. New York: MLA, 2012, pp. 151-60.
  • Reading Masques: The English Masque and Public Culture in the Seventeenth Century. Oxford: Oxford University Press (2010)

 Selected Professional Experience

  • Villanova faculty member since 1995
  • Lecturer in English, University of Pennsylvania
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Tufts University  

Selected Research

  • Shakespeare Association of America Fellow, Bogliasco Institute for Humanistic Studies, 2013
  • Senior Research Fellow, Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Freiburg, Germany, 2010-2011
  • Research Fellowship, Folger Shakespeare Library, 2005
  • Research Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, 2003-2004
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Villanova University, 2003
  • Mayer Fellowship, Huntington Library, 2002

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