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Lauren Coker-Durso

Languages & Literature

Assistant Professor of English


  • Ph.D., English, Saint Louis University
  • M.A., English, Saint Louis University
  • Masters, Estudios Culturales y Literarios Anglo-Norteamericanos, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • B.A., English and Spanish, Southwestern University

Courses Taught

  • English Seminar in Disability Studies
  • Shakespeare
  • Expository Writing
  • Introduction to Theatre
  • Introduction to Literature
  • English Composition

Research Interests

  • Shakespeare
  • Early Modern English Drama
  • Disability Studies
  • Representations of the Body

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • “Boy Actors and Early Modern Disability Comedy in The Knight of the Burning Pestle and Epicoene.” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism vol. 31, no. 1, 2016, pp. 5-21.
  • “Continental Sexuality and the Auditory Construction of Early Modern Englishness.” Interlinguicity, Internationality, and Shakespeare, edited by Michael Saenger, McGill-Queen’s UP, 2014, pp. 122-37.
  • “‘There is no suff’ring due’: Metatheatricality and Disability Drag in Volpone.” Recovering Disability in Early Modern England, edited by Allison P. Hobgood and David Houston Wood, Ohio State UP, 2013, pp. 123-35.

Scholarly Activity

  • MLA Field Bibliographer, June 2011 – Present