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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) works primarily in the areas of Renaissance literature and queer studies. His first book, Playing Dirty: Sexuality and Waste in Early Modern Comedy, analyzes the erotics of purgation in works by Shakespeare, Jonson, Nashe, Harington, and Chaucer. Currently, he is working on two books about group marriage, the first focused on Shakespeare, the second on Milton. He edits Upstart: A Journal of English Renaissance Studies.

He is also a poet whose works have appeared in journals including Assaracus, Bloom, Folio, PANK, and Weave.

Selected Professional Works

Books (Published)

Crush. Co-authored with D. Gilson. Brooklyn: Punctum Books, 2014.

Sex Before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England, eds. Will Stockton and James Bromley, Minneapolis: 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)

“An Introduction Justifying Queer Ways.” Early Modern Culture 10 [“Queer Milton.” Ed. Will Stockton and David L. Orvis] (2014).

“Time Change / Mode Change.” Co-authored with J. Allan Mitchell. Burn After Reading, Vol 2: The Future We Want: A Collaboration. Ed. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen. Punctum Books. 157-64.

“Beige.” Prismatic Ecologies: Ecocriticism Beyond Green. Ed. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013. 171-92.

“Little Prime Movers: The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged as Young Adult Literature.” The Journal of Ayn Rand Studies 13.1 (2013): 26-45.

“The Seduction of Milton’s Lady: Rape, Psychoanalysis, and the Erotics of Consumption in Milton’s Comus.” Sex Before Sex: Figuring the Act in Early Modern England. Eds. James Bromley and Will Stockton. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2013. 233-61.

“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. (This essay is an expanded version of the same essay that appears in Shakespeare Yearbook.)

“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.

“Chasing Chastity: The Case of Desdemona.” Rethinking Feminism: Gender, Race, and Sexuality in the Early Modern World. Ed. Ania Loomba and Melissa E. Sanchez. Forthcoming from Ashgate.