Lars Engle

Lars Engle

James G. Watson Professor of EnglishZink Hall 364
(918) 631-2807
lars-engle@utulsa.eduPersonal Page

I write mainly about Shakespeare and other early modern English dramatists and about contemporary South African literature, especially the fiction of Nadine Gordimer and J. M. Coetzee.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • A.B. in English Literature and Language, Harvard College 1974
  • Honours B.A., English, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, 1976
  • M.A. English, Cantab. 1981
  • Ph.D. in English Yale 1983

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • Medieval and Renaissance English literature
  • Philosophical approaches to literature
  • South African literature

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Lecturer in English, U. of Stellenbosch, 1977-79
  • Assistant Professor of English, Yale, 1983-87
  • Bread Loaf School of English, 1999-2014

Professional Affiliations

  • Modern Language Association, former Chair, Shakespeare Division Executive Committee
  • Shakespeare Association of America, former Trustee

Courses Taught at TU

  • Greek History, Philosophy, and Drama (HON 1003)
  • Medieval Culture (HON 1013)
  • Reading Major British Writers 1 (ENGL 2513)
  • Medieval British Literature (ENGL 3423)
  • Chaucer (ENGL 4513)
  • Shakespeare (ENGL 4543)
  • Milton (ENGL 4563)
  • Special Topics: Middle English Literature, Shakespeare, Renaissance Drama, Milton, Colonial and Postcolonial Literature, South African Literature (ENGL 8163-8203)

Awards & Recognition

  • John Kirk Chair, Bread Loaf Oxford
  • Frank and Eleanor Griffiths Chair, Bread Loaf Asheville
  • Lloyd Davis Memorial Professor of Shakespeare Studies, U. of Queensland
  • University Outstanding Teaching Award, University of Tulsa.
  • Henry Kendall Fellow, CAS, University of Tulsa.
  • Academic Visitorship, University of Cape Town.
  • College Excellence in Teaching Award, CAS, University of Tulsa.
  • Mary Cady Tew award (best first-year graduate student), Yale
  • Mellon Fellowship, Center for Advanced Studies, University of Virginia.
  • “Q” award, English tripos, Cambridge.


  • Studying Shakespeare's Contemporaries
    Coauthor (2014)
  • English Renaissance Drama, A Norton Anthology
    coeditor, (New York, 2002).
  • Essays or chapters in
    Oxford Handbook to Shakespeare; Oxford Handbook to Middleton: Christopher Marlowe in Context; Great Shakespeareans: Empson, Wilson Knight, Barber, Kott; Shakespeare’s Sonnets: Critical Essays; Thresholds of Western Culture; Shakespeare and Modernity; Blackwell Companion to the Sonnets; The Later Fiction of Nadine Gordimer; Reconsidering the Renaissance; Shakespearean Criticism.
  • Articles in
    Shakespeare Survey, Shakespeare Studies, PMLA, Modern Philology, SEL, YJC, English Studies in Africa, Pretexts, Shakespeare Quarterly, Exemplaria, Shakespearean International Yearbook, 3pR.
  • Shakespearean Pragmatism: Market of His Time
    (Chicago, 1993)