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Lauren Shook

  • Asst. Professor
  • Communication, Cultures, English & World Languages



Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m.



Ph.D. in English, University of North Carolina - Greensboro

M.A. in English, Mississippi State University

B.A. in English, Mississippi State University


Specializations: Shakespeare, early modern women writers, 17th century poetry, Milton, food studies, graphic novels, community-engagement, first-year writing, feminist & gender/sexuality theory, the intersections of faith, race, gender, class, & sexuality.

Recognitions: 2-time participant at the Folger Institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, D.C.)


A Place at Shakespeare’s Table: Food Access in Early Modern England” (working book project)

“[L]ooking at me my body across distances’: Toni Morrison’s A Mercy and Seventeenth-Century European Religious Concepts of Race.” Early Modern Black Diaspora Studies: A Critical Anthology, Ed. Cassander Smith, Miles Grier, and Nick Jones (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

“‘Pious Fraud’: Biblical Matriarchs and the Typological Imagination in Lucy Hutchinson’s Order and Disorder.” Modern Philology, vol. 112, no. 1, August 2014, pp. 179-204.

Presentations: “Women’s Poetics and Early Modern Literary Studies.” Renaissance Society of America, New Orleans, LA, 2018

“Reforming Female Authorship: Bale’s Hands and Askew’s Body in The Examinations of Anne Askew.” Sixteenth Century Studies Conference. Milwaukee, WI, October 2017.

“Dining in Deserts: Understanding Food Scarcity in the Forest of Arden.” Frame/Works: Pre-Show Discussion for the UNCG School of Theatre Production of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, UNCG, 2017.

“‘Shakespeare’s Writing Women and Their Love Poetry.” Talk delivered for English majors in celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th birthday; Department of English, Meredith College, Raleigh, NC, 2016.

“’Omittance is no quittance’: The Absent-Presence of Shakespeare’s Writing Women.” Seminar: Absence and Omission in Shakespeare. Shakespeare Association of America. New Orleans, LA, 2016.

“Breaking Bread with Sarah: Food, Service, and Ritual in Early Modern England.” South Atlantic Modern Language Association. Jacksonville, FL, 2016.