Paul Zajac

Visiting Assistant Professor of English - English - Humanities

Paul Zajac

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University
M.A., Pennsylvania State University
B.A., Loyola College (Maryland)

Academic Interests:

  • English Renaissance Literature
  • Shakespeare
  • Spenser
  • Emotion and Embodiment
  • Literature and Religion
  • Shakespearean Adaptations

Course Offerings:

  • Shakespeare in Popular Culture
  • Nature and Environment in English Literature

Current Research Project: My main research project is a book-length study of the Protestant Reformation’s impact on concepts of contentment and its representation in English Renaissance literature.

Selected Publications:

  • “‘My Crown is Called Content’: Positive, Negative, and Political Affects in Shakespeare’s First Tetralogy.” In Positive Emotions in Early Modern Literature and Culture. Ed. by Cora Fox, Bradley Irish, and Cassie Miura. Manchester UP. (forthcoming)
  • “Prisoners of Shakespeare: Trauma and Adaptation in Margaret Atwood’s Hag-Seed.” Studies in the Novel 52.3 (forthcoming 2020).
  • “Distant Bedfellows: Shakespearean Struggles of Intimacy in Winterson’s The Gap of Time.” Critique 59.3 (2018): 332-45.
  • “Containing Petrarch with Pastoral: Spenser’s Allegory of Literary Modes in Faerie Queene VI.” Philological Quarterly 95.2 (2016): 201–26.
  • “The Politics of Contentment: The Passions, Pastoral, and Community in Shakespeare’s As You Like It.” Studies in Philology 113.2 (2016): 306–36.