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  • Douglas Lanier is Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire. After completing a double major in English and Humanities at Stetson University, he did his graduate work at Duke University, where he was trained as a medieval and early modern drama specialist. He has taught at Duke, UCLA, Allegheny College, Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, The University of Milan, and Universidad de Murcia in Spain, as well as the University of New Hampshire. He serves on the editorial board of Adaptation, Shakespeare Quarterly, and Shakespeare, and is a past trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America and a present trustee of the Association of Adaptation Studies. He has been the recipient of fellowships at the Folger Shakespeare Library and the New Hampshire Center for the Humanities. In 2009 he received the Gary Lindberg Award, the University of New Hampshire's highest recognition for distinction in teaching and scholarship in the liberal arts. For 2016-7, he served as the Fulbright Global Shakespeare Centre Distinguished Chair at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Warwick; in 2018-9, he served as a long-term research fellow at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

    Professor Lanier is widely recognized as a pioneer in the study of modern appropriations of Shakespeare in all media. His book, Shakespeare and Modern Popular Culture (Oxford University Press, 2002), established the basic parameters of one of the liveliest fields in Shakespeare studies today. He followed up this work with an annotated catalogue of more than 900 Shakespeare spinoff films for Shakespeares after Shakespeare, ed. Richard Burt (Greenwood Press, 2005), a series of essays on Shakespearean appropriations of specific plays for the Sourcebooks Shakespeare editions, and contributions to The Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia. He has published widely on Renaissance authors (Shakespeare, Milton, Marston, Jonson) as well as on adaptation of Shakespeare worldwide in more than sixty articles in journals and collections, and he has recently completed two books, an edition of Timon of Athens for the New Kittredge series, and a monograph on The Merchant of Venice for the Arden Language & Writing Series. He is currently at work on two book projects, a study of the adaptation of Othello to the screen worldwide, and a book on reparative Shakespeare, productions of Shakespeare addressed to the traumas of socially-marginalized groups.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2017 "'Noble offices thou mayst effect of mediation': Foreword for #bard." Shakespeare Quarterly 67.4 (Winter 2016): 401-7.Shakespeare Quarterly.  67:401-407. 2017
    2016 #Bard: "And noble offices thou mayst effect of mediation"Shakespeare Quarterly.  67:401-407. 2016
    2016 Shakespeare and the Indie Auteur: Michael Almereyda and James GrayShakespeare Bulletin: a journal of performance, criticism, and scholarship.  34:451-468. 2016
    2014 "'Good lord, for alliance': Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing." Représentations: La revue électronique du CEMRA. Special issue, "Shakespeare aux États-Unis: les paradoxes de l’héritage." Eds. Vincent Broqua and Ronan Ludot Vlasak. 2014:1. Available at http://representations.u-grenoble3.fr/.Représentations: La revue électronique du CEMRA..  2014.1. 2014
    2010 "Recent Shakespearean Adaptation and the Mutations of Cultural Capital." Shakespeare Studies 38 (2010): 104-13.Shakespeare Studies.  38:104-113. 2010
    2007 World-wide Shakespeares: Local appropriations in film and performanceShakespeare Quarterly.  58:562-565. 2007
    2002 Shakescorp noir (Shakespeare, pop culture, film)Shakespeare Quarterly.  53:157-180. 2002
    2001 "The Idea of a John Barrymore." Colby Quarterly (special issue, "Screening Shakespeare") 37.1 (March 2001): 31-54.Colby Quarterly.  37:31-54. 2001
    1999 "Fertile Visions: Jacobean Revels and the Erotics of Occasion." Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 39.2 (Spring 1999): 327-356.SEL - Studies in English Literature.  39:327-356. 1999
    1999 "Now: The Presence of History in Pacino's Looking for Richard." Postscript (special issue, "Shakespeare and Film: Derivatives and Variations") 17.2 (Winter/Spring 1998): 39-56.Post Script (Commerce): essays in film and the humanities.  17:39-56. 1999
    1995 "'Unmarkt, Unknown': The Return of the Expressed in Paradise Regained." Criticism 37.2 (Spring 1995): 187-212.Criticism.  37:187-212. 1995
    1994 "Masculine Silence: Epicoene and Jonsonian Stylistics." College Literature 21.2 (June 1994): 1-18.College Literature.  21:1-18. 1994
    1988 "Ben Jonson, Epigrammes X ('To My Lord Ignorant')." The Explicator 47 (Fall 1988): 7-9.Explicator.  47:7-9. 1988
    1986 Brainchildren: Self-Representation and Patriarchy in Ben Jonson's Early WorksRenaissance Papers.  53-68. 1986
    1985 The Prison-House of the Canon: Allegorical Form and Posterity in Ben Jonson's The Staple of NewesMedieval and Renaissance Drama in England: an annual gathering of research, criticism, and reviews.  2:253-267. 1985
    "Minstrelsy / Jazz / Rap: Shakespearean Legitimation and African-American Culture." Borrowers and Lenders: An Electronic Journal of Shakespearean Appropriation. Fall 2005. At http://atropos.english.uga.edu/cocoon/borrowers.Borrowers and Lenders: the journal of Shakespeare and appropriation.  1.
    "Shakespeare and Cultural Studies: An Overview." Shakespeare: The Journal of the British Shakespeare Association 2.1&2 (June and December 2006): 228-48.Shakespeare.  2:228-248.


    Year Title
    2002 Shakespeare and Modern Popular Culture 2002
    The Merchant of Venice: Language & Writing. The Arden Shakespeare, 2019.


    Year Title
    2018 "Shakespearean Comedy on Film." In The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy. Ed. Heather Hirschfield. Oxford University Press, 2018. 470-86..  470-486. 2018
    2018 The Hogarth Shakespeare Series: Redeeming Shakespeare's Literariness.  230-250. 2018
    2017 "'We will answer all faithfully': Afterword." In Shakespeare / Not Shakespeare. Ed. Christy Desmet, Jim Casey, and Nathalie Loper. Palgrave, 2017. 293-306..  293-306. 2017
    2017 "The Hogarth Shakespeare Series: Redeeming Shakespeare's Literariness." In Shakespeare and Millennial Fiction. Ed. Andrew James Hartley. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 230-50..  230-250. 2017
    2017 "Vlogging the Bard: Serialization, Social Media, Shakespeare." In Broadcast Your Shakespeare: Continuity and Change Across Media. Ed. Stephen O'Neill. Palgrave, 2017. 185-206..  185-206. 2017
    2017 Almereyda's Cymbeline The End of Teen Shakespeare.  232-250. 2017
    2016 "Hamlet: Tragedy and Film Adaptation." In The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Tragedy. Eds. Michael Neill and David Schalwyk. Oxford University Press, 2016. 572-87..  572-587. 2016
    2016 "Shakespeare and Popular Culture," In The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare. Two volumes. Ed. Bruce Smith, et al. Cambridge University Press, 2016, 1261-72..  1261-1272. 2016
    2016 Cynical Dining in Timon of Athens.  135-155. 2016
    2015 Commemorating Shakespeare in America, 1864.  140-160. 2015
    2015 "Anna's Sin and the Circulation of Othello on film." In Shakespeare on Screen: Othello. Eds. Sarah Hatchuel and Natalie Vienne-Guerrin, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015. 157-76..  157-176. 2015
    2015 Anna's Sin and the Circulation of Othello on Film.  157-176. 2015
    2014 "Shakespearean Rhizomatics: Adaptation, Ethics, Value." In Shakespeare and the Ethics of Appropriation. Ed. Alexander Huang and Elizabeth Rivlin. New York: Palgrave, 2014. 21-40..  21-40. 2014
    2014 Marketing.  498-514. 2014
    2013 "L'homme blanc et l'homme noir: Les enfants du paradis and Othello." In Shakespeare in Performance. Eds. Eric Brown and Estelle Rivier. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, 171-81..  171-181. 2013
    2013 'There won't be puppets, will there?': 'Heroic' authorship and the cultural politics of Anonymous.  215-224. 2013
    2012 Murdering Othello.  198-215. 2012
    2012 'I'll Teach You Differences': Genre Literacy, Critical Pedagogy, and Screen Shakespeare.  259-287. 2012
    2012 ‘Nimble In Damnation, Quick In Tune’.  227-246. 2012
    2011 "Nouveau noir: Claude Chabrol's Ophélia, Shakespeare's Hamlet, and the nouvelle vague." In Shakespeare on Screen: Hamlet. Eds. Sarah Hatchuel and Nathalie Vienne-Guerrin. Publications de l'Université de Rouen et du Havre, 2011. 235-56..  235-256. 2011
    2011 "I'll teach you differences": Genre Literacy, Critical Pedagogy, and Screen Shakespeare.  257-270. 2011
    2011 POST-TEXTUAL SHAKESPEAREShakespeare Survey. 145-162. 2011
    2010 "Ellington's Dark Lady." In Weyward Macbeth: Intersections of Race and Performance. Eds. Scott Newstok and Ayanna Thompson. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010. 151-60..  151-160. 2010
    2008 "'A sea-change / Into something rich and strange': The Tempest in Popular Culture." In The Tempest. The SourceBooks Shakespeare. Ed. Robert Ormsby. Chicago: SourceBooks, 2008..  33-44. 2008
    2008 "Julie Taymor." In The Routledge Companion to Directors' Shakespeare. Ed. John Russell Brown. New York: Routledge, 2008. 459-75..  459-475. 2008
    2008 "'Kiss Me Kate': The Taming of the Shrew in Popular Culture." In The Taming of the Shrew. Ed. Antonia Forster. The SourceBooks Shakespeare. Chicago: SourceBooks, 2008. 2008
    2008 "'The villainy you teach me': The Merchant of Venice in Popular Culture." In The Merchant of Venice. The SourceBooks Shakespeare. Ed. Douglas Brooks. Chicago: SourceBooks, 2009. 2008
    2007 "Shakespeare™: Author and Myth." In The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and Popular Culture. Ed. Robert Shaughnessy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. 60-74..  60-74. 2007
    2007 "'Unaccommodated Man': King Lear in Popular Culture." In King Lear. The SourceBooks Shakespeare. Ed. Douglas A. Brooks. Chicago: SourceBooks, 2007. 27-38..  27-38. 2007
    2007 "William Shakespeare, Filmmaker." In The Cambridge Companion to Literature on Screen. Ed. Deborah Cartmell. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007. 61-74..  61-74. 2007
    2007 "'Determined to be a Villain': Richard III in Popular Culture." In Richard III. The SourceBooks Shakespeare. Ed. William Proctor Williams. Chicago: SourceBooks, 2007. 17-31..  17-31. 2007
    2007 "Shakespeare on the Record." In The Blackwell Companion to Shakespeare and Performance. Eds. Barbara Hodgdon and William Worthen. New York: Blackwell Press, 2006. 415-436..  415-436. 2007
    2007 "Will of the People: Recent Shakespeare Film Parody and the Politics of Popularization." In A Concise Companion to Shakespeare on Screen. Ed. Diana E. Henderson. New York: Blackwell Press, 2006. 176-196..  176-196. 2007
    2007 Jazzing Up Shakespeare.  77-87. 2007
    2006 "‛A Kind of Merry War': Much Ado About Nothing in Popular Culture." In Much Ado About Nothing. The SourceBooks Shakespeare. Ed. Jeffrey Kahan. Chicago: SourceBooks, 2006. 25-35..  25-35. 2006
    2006 "‛Caviar to the General': Hamlet in Popular Culture." In Hamlet. The SourceBooks Shakespeare. Ed. Terri Bourus. Chicago: SourceBooks, 2006. 23-36..  23-36. 2006
    2006 "On the Virtues of Infidelity: Shakespearean Film Adaptation," and annotated entries on Shakespeare film adaptations. In Shakespeares After Shakespeare. Ed. Richard Burt. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2007,132-365..  132-365. 2006
    2006 "‛Hours dreadful and things strange': Macbeth in Popular Culture." In Macbeth. The SourceBooks Shakespeare. Ed. William Proctor Williams. Chicago: SourceBooks, 2006. 21-33..  21-33. 2006
    2006 "‛That you have but slumbered here': A Midsummer Night's Dream in Popular Culture." In A Midsummer Night's Dream. The Sourcebooks Shakespeare. Ed. Terri Bourus. Chicago: SourceBooks, 2006. 23-36..  23-36. 2006
    2005 "‛It is the Green-Eyed Monster': Othello and Popular Culture." In Othello. The SourceBooks Shakespeare. Ed. Marie Macaisa. Chicago: SourceBooks, 2005. 19-26..  19-26. 2005
    2005 "‛O, what a fall was there, my countrymen!': Julius Caesar in Popular Culture." In Julius Caesar. The Sourcebooks Shakespeare. Ed. Robert Ornsby. Chicago: SourceBooks, 2006. 23-32..  23-32. 2005
    2005 "‛What's in a Name?': Romeo and Juliet and Popular Culture." In Romeo and Juliet. The Sourcebooks Shakespeare. Ed. Marie Macaisa. Chicago: SourceBooks, 2005. 19-25..  19-25. 2005
    2003 "Nostalgia and Theatricality: The Fate of the Shakespearean Stage in The Midsummer Night's Dreams of Michael Hoffman, Adrian Noble, and Christine Edzard." In Shakespeare the Movie II: Popularizing the Plays on Film, TV, Video and DVD. Eds. Richard Burt and Lynda E. Boose. New York: Routledge, 2003. 154-72..  154-172. 2003
    2002 "WSHX: Shakespeare and American Radio." In Shakespeare after Mass Media: A Cultural Studies Reader, ed. Richard Burt. New York: Palgrave, 2002. 195-219..  195-219. 2002
    2002 "'Art thou base, common and popular?'": The Cultural Politics of Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet." In Spectacular Shakespeare: Critical Theory and Popular Cinema, eds. Lisa Starks and Courtney Lehmann. Rutherford, New Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson Press, 2002. 149-71..  149-171. 2002
    1996 "'So Short You Read My Character': Ben Jonson and the Sphragis." In Ceremony and Text in the Renaissance. Ed. Douglas Rutledge. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1996. 1996
    1996 "Encryptions: Reading Milton Reading Jonson Reading Shakespeare." In Reading and Writing in Shakespeare. Ed. David Bergeron. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1995. 220-250..  220-250. 1996
    1995 "Drowning the Book: Prospero's Books and the Textual Shakespeare." In Shakespeare, Theory and Performance. Ed. James Bulman. New York: Routledge, 1996, pp. 187-209..  187-209. 1995
    1992 "Less is More: Coverage, Critical Theory and the Limits of Pluralism in Introductory Literature Courses." In Practicing Theory in Introductory College Literature Courses. Eds. James M. Cahalan and David Dowling. NCTE, 1992. 1992
    "Shakespeare's Language and Popular Culture." In The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare's Language. Eds. Lynne Magnusson and David Schalkwyk. Oxford University Press.

    Teaching Activities

  • Advanced Shakespeare Taught course
  • How to Read Anything Taught course
  • Modern and Contemporary Drama Taught course
  • Shakespeare Taught course
  • BritLitII: Shakespeare-Austen Taught course 2023
  • Shakespeare Taught course 2023
  • English Major Seminar Taught course 2022
  • How to Read Anything Taught course 2022
  • Sem/Study in Shakespeare Taught course 2022
  • Shakespeare Taught course 2022
  • Modern and Contemporary Drama Taught course 2021
  • Shakespeare Taught course 2021
  • Drama Shakespeare's Contemp Taught course 2021
  • Honors/First-Year Writing Taught course 2021
  • How to Read Anything Taught course 2020
  • Shakespeare Taught course 2020
  • British Lit II Age of Rev Taught course 2020
  • Shakespeare Taught course 2020
  • Shakespeare Taught course 2019
  • Special Studies in Literature Taught course 2019
  • Shakespeare Taught course 2016
  • Survey ofBritish Literature II Taught course 2016
  • English Major Seminar Taught course 2015
  • Shakespeare Taught course 2015
  • Drama of Shakespeare's Contemp Taught course 2015
  • Shakespeare Taught course 2015
  • Sem/Studies in English Drama Taught course 2014
  • Shakespeare Taught course 2014
  • Early British Drama Taught course 2014
  • Shakespeare Taught course 2014
  • Education And Training

  • B.A. English, Stetson University
  • B.A. Humanities, Stetson University
  • M.A. English, Duke University
  • Ph.D. English, Duke University
  • Full Name

  • Douglas Lanier
  • Mailing Address

  • University of New Hampshire


    85 Main Street, Hamilton-Smith Hall

    Durham, New Hampshire  03824

    United States