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Lauren Coker-Durso

Languages & Literature

Associate 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

  • Methods for Literary Research
  • English Seminar in Disability Studies
  • Shakespeare
  • Introduction to Literature
  • English Composition

Research Interests

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

Selected Publications

  • “Disability and the ‘spectacle of strangeness’: The Construction of Hags in The Masque of Queenes.” Ben Jonson Journal, vol. 26, no. 2, 2019, pp. 253-263 (forthcoming).
  • “Blood Baths: Social Transgression and the Inverted Womb.” Gender, Sexuality, and Queerness in American Horror Story: Critical Essays, edited by Harriet E.H. Earle, McFarland, 2019, pp. 76-92.
  • “Masquerading Early Modern Disability: Sexuality, Violence, and the Body (Politic) in Richard III.” Screen Bodies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Experience, Perception, and Display, vol. 3, no. 1, 2018, pp. 98-108.
  • “Boy Actors and Early Modern Disability Comedy in The Knight of the Burning Pestleand 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.