Priority deadline: 4/1/18
Rolling deadline: 10/15/18
Students will apply through both Villanova and Queen Mary University of London to confirm their participation in this program. Final admission decisions are made by Queen Mary University of London.
Dr. Lauren Shohet is Professor of English at Villanova University. Her teaching and research interests include early-modern poetry and drama (especially in England, and especially Shakespeare, Milton, and women writers); adaptation studies, the history of material texts, genre studies, ecocriticism, and digital humanities. She led Villanova’s London Experience program in its first two years, and has lived abroad in England, France, Germany, and Italy.
Dr. Shohet has published on what ordinary people knew and thought about theater at court (Reading Masques, Oxford University Press, 2010), about ways that poems about the English countryside shape understandings of history (in Poetics Today, 2014), and about ways we see Shakespeare through YouTube, i-pads, and popular movies. Her edited collection Temporality, Genre, and Experience in the Age of Shakespeare: Forms of Time just came out from Bloomsbury-Arden (2018). She edited Othello for the Luminary Shakespeare i-pad apps, and recently signed on as a general editor of the on-line Routledge Encyclopedia of the Renaissance World. This year, she is on research leave to work on a book about media change, literary adaptation, and the Garden of Eden (Yet / Once / More: Mediation, Remedy, and Milton’s Paradise Lost).
Having studied harpsichord performance and comparative literature as an undergraduate (Oberlin College BA 1986, B.Mus. 1987), Dr. Shohet received graduate degrees in English from Brown University (MA 1992, Ph.D. 1995). Her research 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. She was the first holder of Villanova’s endowed Luckow Family Professorship in English. She loves hiking, finding hidden gardens, and teatime.