Lawrence Danson

Professor of English, Emeritus

Larry Danson (BA Dartmouth, MA Oxford, PhD Yale) specializes in Renaissance drama, with other interests including late Victorian and early 20th century literature, early modern travel writing, and the contemporary novel. He is the author of Tragic Alphabet: Shakespeare's Drama of Language; The Harmonies of The Merchant of Venice; Shakespeare's Dramatic Genres; and editor of On King Lear; Middleton's The Phoenix; and The Merchant of Venice: A Longman Cultural Edition. He has also written Max Beerbohm and the Act of Writing about parody, satire, caricature, and self-creation and Wilde's Intentions: The Artist in His Criticism, about Oscar Wilde's critical theory in relation to his other writing. Recent projects include Shakespeare and Film (a course he has co-taught with Michael Wood) and early-English encounters with Islam, a subject he has taught both as a graduate seminar and a Freshman Seminar. As the Cotsen Faculty Fellow, awarded in recognition of undergraduate teaching, he developed a course on literary and other representations of innocence: a perilous state, since to know it is to lose it, from Genesis to, approximately, Michael Jackson.