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Lars Engle, Ph.D.

Roxana McFarlin Chapman Chair in English


Lars Engle specializes in English Renaissance drama and more generally in Early Modern and medieval British literature. Now Chapman Professor of English, he has taught at TU since 1988, serving at various points as Honors Program Director and Department Chair. He’s the author of “Shakespearean Pragmatism,” the co-author of “Studying Shakespeare’s Contemporaries,” and an editor of “English Renaissance Drama: A Norton Anthology” and of “Shakespeare and Montaigne.” He has also taught regularly at the Bread Loaf School of English since 1999.

Awards and Honors

Phi Beta Kappa (Senior 24) Harvard, 1973; Magna Cum Laude Harvard, 1974; “Q” Prize, Cambridge, 1976; Mary Cady Tew Prize, Yale, 1980; Samuel Heyman Prize for Outstanding Work in the Humanities, Yale College, 1986; Mellon Junior Scholar, U. of Virginia Center for Advanced Studies, 1986-8; Visiting Professor, U. of Cape Town, 1995; Henry Kendall Fellow, U. of Tulsa, 1996; Excellence in Teaching Award, Henry Kendall College, U. of Tulsa, 2000; University Outstanding Teacher Award, U. of Tulsa, 2001; Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, listed 2004; Trustee, Shakespeare Association of America, 2006-9; Lloyd Davis Memorial Professor of Shakespeare Studies, U. of Queensland, 2010; James G. Watson Professor of English, U. of Tulsa, 2010; Frank and Eleanor Griffiths Chair, Bread Loaf School of English, 2012; Visiting Professor, National Changua University of Education, Taiwan, 2013; John M. Kirk Chair in Medieval Literature, Bread Loaf School of English, 2014; Ida M. Chapman Professor of English, U. of Tulsa, 2018


  • Ph.D., Yale University
  • M.A., Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge
  • B.A., Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge
  • B.A., Harvard College

Research interests and areas of expertise

  • Renaissance Drama
  • Chaucer
  • Milton
  • Philosophy and literature
  • Lyric poetry
  • South African literature
  • Montaigne
  • Shakespeare