Emily King

Assistant Professor

236-B Allen Hall

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Humanities & Social Sciences



Early modern British Literature and Culture

Shakespeare; gender & sexuality; film; critical theory



Emily King is Assistant Professor of English, specializing in Shakespeare and Renaissance drama. She earned her Ph.D. at Tufts University in 2012 and joined LSU in 2014. Her book project, Civil Vengeance: Rethinking the Literature of Revenge in Early Modern England, offers a new way of conceptualizing early modern revenge and, in particular, its relationship to civility. Shifting attention from episodic revenge to quotidian forms, Civil Vengeance theorizes anew the manner in which retaliation informs identity formation, interpersonal relationships, and the construction of the social body.



Selected Publications

“Talk Dirty to Me: Disgust, Desire, and Pornography in Thomas Nashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller,” Disgust in Early Modern Literature, Eds. Natalie Eschenbaum and Barbara Correll, Ashgate Press, forthcoming.

“Spirited Flesh: The Animation and Hybridization of Flesh in the Early Modern Imaginary,” a special issue of postmedieval, Eds. Kathryn Schwarz and Holly Crocker, Volume 4.4, 2013.

“The Female Muselmann: Desire, Violence, and Spectatorship in Titus Andronicus,” Titus Out of Joint: Reading the Fragmented Titus Andronicus, Eds. Liberty Stanavage and Paxton Hehmeyer, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2012.

“American Schmucko: The Overlooked Jewish Identity of Roy Cohn in Kushner’s Angels in America,” Studies in American Jewish Literature, Volume 27, 2008: 87-100.

“Reconsidering Reparation: Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret and Critical Reading Practices,” Pacific Coast Philology, Volume 43, 2008: 55-71.