Douglas Lanier

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Douglas Lanier

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 he is a past trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America. 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 serves 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 fifty articles in journals and collections, and he has recently completed two books, an edition of Timon of Athens for the New Kittredge series, and 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.


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

Research Interests

  • Early English drama
  • English Language/Literature
  • Film
  • Literary Criticism
  • Literary History
  • Performance studies
  • Performing Arts
  • Renaissance literature
  • Shakespeare
  • Theatre history

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 513: Survey ofBritish Literature II
  • ENGL 657: Shakespeare
  • ENGL 780: Drama of Shakespeare's Contemp
  • ENGL 787: English Major Seminar

Selected Publications

Shakespeare, W. (2019). Shakespeare, William. Timon of Athens. New Kittredge Shakespeare. Hackett Publishing, 2019.. D. Lanier (Ed.), Hackett Publishing.

Lanier, D. (2018). "Shakespearean Comedy on Film." In The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy. Ed. Heather Hirschfield. Oxford University Press, 2018. 470-86.. In The Oxford Handbook of Shakespearean Comedy. (pp. 470-486). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lanier, D. (2017). "'We will answer all faithfully': Afterword." In Shakespeare / Not Shakespeare. Ed. Christy Desmet, Jim Casey, and Nathalie Loper. Palgrave, 2017. 293-306.. In Shakespeare / Not Shakespeare. (pp. 293-306). New York City: Palgrave.

Lanier, D. (2017). "'Noble offices thou mayst effect of mediation': Foreword for #bard." Shakespeare Quarterly 67.4 (Winter 2016): 401-7.. Shakespeare Quarterly, 67(4), 401-407.

Lanier, D. M. (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.. In S. O'Neill (Ed.), Broadcast Your Shakespeare: Continuity and Change Across Media. (pp. 185-206). London: Bloomsbury.

Lanier, D. M. (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.. In A. J. Hartley (Ed.), Shakespeare and Millennial Fiction. Ed. . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. 230-50. (pp. 230-250). Cambridge UK: Cambridge University Press.

Lanier, D. M. (2011). POST-TEXTUAL SHAKESPEARE. In SHAKESPEARE AS CULTURAL CATALYST (Vol. 64, pp. 145-162). Retrieved from

Lanier, D. M. (2011). "I'll teach you differences": Genre Literacy, Critical Pedagogy, and Screen Shakespeare. In SHAKESPEARE AND GENRE: FROM EARLY MODERN INHERITANCES TO POSTMODERN LEGACIES (pp. 257-270). Retrieved from

Lanier, D. (2007). World-Wide Shakespeares: Local Appropriations in Film and Performance (review). Shakespeare Quarterly, 58(4), 562-565. doi:10.1353/shq.2007.0071

Lanier, D. (2002). Shakescorp Noir. Shakespeare Quarterly, 53(2), 157-180. doi:10.1353/shq.2002.0022

Most Cited Publications