Susan Harlan

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Associate Professor




PhD New York University

MA New York University

MA King’s College London

BA Columbia University

Areas of Interest

English Renaissance literature


Material culture



Reception of antiquity


Courses Taught at Wake Forest

WRI 111 A Material World: Clothing and Culture

ENG 150 What Is a Soldier?

ENG 150 Exit Stage Left: Writing Death and Dying in Early Modern England

ENG 165 The Hero With a Thousand Faces

ENG 165 British Literature and War

ENG 265 Introduction to the Major

ENG 323 Shakespeare

ENG 326 Early Modern English Comedy

ENG 300 Christopher Marlowe

ENG 720 Theaters of War: Militarism in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries

English 786 Nation and Empire in Early Modern English Drama (independent study)

Selected Publications


Object Lessons: Luggage (Bloomsbury, 2018)

Memories of War in Early Modern England: Armor and Militant Nostalgia in Marlowe, Sidney, and Shakespeare (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)


“The Armored Body as Trophy: The Problem of the Roman Subject in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus,” ARCADE: Literature, the Humanities, & the World: Thing Theory, Stanford University, March 2018

“‘Returned from the Wars’: Comedy and Masculine Post-War Character in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing,” Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies, June 2013

“‘Certain condolements, certain vails’: Staging Rusty Armor in Shakespeare’s Pericles,” Early Theatre, vol. 11.2, December 2008

“‘Talking’ and Reading Shakespeare: King Henry VIII and the Performance of Self in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park,” The Wordsworth Circle, vol. 39.1-2, Winter/Spring 2008


“Illyria’s Memorials: Space, Memory, and Genre in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night,” in Memory, Comedy and Skepticism, ed. Lina Perkins Wilder and Andrew Hiscock (Routledge, 2017)

“Militant Prologues, Memory, and Models of Masculinity in Shakespeare’s Henry V and Troilus and Cressida,” in Violent Masculinities: Male Aggression in Early Modern Textsed. Jennifer Feather and Catherine Thomas (Palgrave, November 2013)


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