Department of English

Faculty Bio

Stockton, William

Stockton, William

Associate Professor, Renaissance Literature, Queer Theory

Office: 606 Strode

Focus: Renaissance Literature, Queer Theory

Research Interests: Will Stockton (PhD Indiana University) focuses on Renaissance literature and queer studies. His book, Playing Dirty: Sexuality and Waste in Early Modern Comedy (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) develops a playful (promiscuous, presentist, psychoanalytic) method of literary criticism while analyzing the erotics of waste in works by William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Sir John Harington, Thomas Nashe, and Geoffrey Chaucer. With James Bromely, has co-edited Sex Before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England (University of Minnesota Press, 2013). And with Vin Nardizzi and Stephen Guy-Bray, he has co-editor of Queer Renaissance Historiography: Backward Gaze (Ashgate, 2009).

At present, he is working on a book about Shakespeare, Milton and queer theology. With David L. Orvis, he is also co-editing an issue of Early Modern Culture on Milton’s queerness.

In the fall of 2013, he will launch Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies.

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Sex Before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England, eds. Will Stockton and James Bromley (forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press, 2013).

Playing Dirty: Sexuality and Waste in Early Modern Comedy. Minneapolis, Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press, 2011. Print.

Queer Renaissance Historiography: Backward Gaze. Co-editor with Vin Nardizzi and Stephen Guy-Bray. Burlington, Vermont: Ashgate, 2009. Print.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Published)

“Portia's Pauline Perversion: The Merchant of Venice and Romans 1,” Beholding Violence in Medieval ?and Early Modern European Culture, eds. Erin Felicia Labbie and? Allie Terry-Fritsch (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2012), 179-195.

“Shakespeare and Queer Theory,” Shakespeare Quarterly 63.2 (2012): 224-235.

“The Liberal World of Perversion,” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 17.2-3 (2011): 389-403.

“How to do the History of Heterosexuality: Shakespeare and Lacan,” Literature Compass 7.4 (2010): 254-265.

“How to do the History of Heterosexuality.” Lacanian Interpretation of Shakespeare: Volume XIX of the Shakespeare Yearbook. Ed. Douglas A. Brooks and Shirley Sharon-Zisser (Lewiston: Edwin Mellon Press, 2010), 301-17.

“Adam and Eve and the Failure of Heterosexuality,” Queer Renaissance Historiography: Backward Gaze, eds. Vin Nardizzi, Stephen Guy-Bray, and Will Stockton (Ashgate, 2009), 207-27.

“Reading Like a Sodomite: Deleuze, Donne, Eliot, Presentism, and the Modern Renaissance,” Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge 17 (2008).

“Cynicism and the Anal Erotics of Chaucer’s Pardoner,” Exemplaria 20.2 (spring 2008): 143-64.

“‘I am made an ass’: Falstaff and the Scatology of Windsor’s Polity,” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 49.4 (2007): 340-60.

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Accepted or Submitted)

“The Fierce Urgency of Now: Queer Theory, Presentism, and Romeo and Juliet,” A Handbook of Shakespeare and Embodiment: Gender, Sexuality, Race, ed. Valerie Traub, forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

“Beige,” Prismatic Ecologies: Ecotheory Beyond Green, ed. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press.

“Discourse and the History of Sexuality,” Clinical Encounters: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory. Ed. Noreen Giffney and Eve Watson, volume under consideration at Routledge and Karnac.