Emily King is the Mellon Assistant Professor of English at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches courses on Shakespeare, sixteenth- and seventeenth-century British literature, and critical theory. In August of 2012, her Ph.D. was conferred by Tufts University.

Areas of Interest

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


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

“Talk Dirty to Me: Disgust, Desire, and Pornography,” Disgust in Early Modern Literature, Eds. Natalie Eschenbaum and Barbara Correll, under contract with Ashgate Press.

“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.

Publications in Progress

Civil Vengeance: Violence, Power, and Law in Early Modern England. Book manuscript in progress.

While the critical preoccupation with revenge tragedy has focused exclusively on spectacular acts of violence, this manuscript examines illegible or covert acts of vengeance that cement civil society in early modern England. More broadly, this project theorizes vengeance and, in particular, its relation to civility through a host of early modern texts that include Nashe’s The Unfortunate Traveller, legal discourse on vagrancy, theological archives, Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy, and Milton’s Paradise Lost.


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