Emily King

Emily  King 

Bachelor's Degree(s): English & Microbiology, Kansas State University, 2005
Master's Degree: English, Tufts University, 2006
PhD: English, Tufts University, 2012




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.

Area of Interest

Early modern British literature and culture; Shakespeare; gender & sexuality; film; critical theory

Awards & Honors

Regents Research Award (teaching leave), Spring 2015

Council on Research Summer Stipend, July 2015

NEH Summer Stipend Competition, LSU Nominee, 2014

Office of Research and Economic Development Travel Grant, 2014 

Mellon Fellow, Vanderbilt University English Department, 2012-2014

Teaching Fellow, Stonehill College English Department, 2010-2011

Dissertation Fellowship, Tufts English Department, Fall 2011

Tufts Outstanding Graduate Student Contribution to Undergraduate Education, 2010 

Research & Travel Grant, Tufts University Graduate School of Arts and Science, 2005, 2008, 2010, & 2011 

Edna Steeves Best Graduate Student Conference Paper, NEASECS, 2006

Graduate Fellow, Holocaust Educational Foundation’s Annual Summer Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization, Northwestern University, Summer 2006

Graduate Student Fellowship, Tufts University, 2005-2010

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.


ENGL 3020, Survey of Early British Literature
ENGL 7943, Theorizing Violence in Shakespeare’s Plays

ENGL 2148, Shakespeare
ENGL 4148, Studies in Shakespeare: Women and Power


Curriculum Vitae