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Dr Eric Langley

Graduate Tutor

Email: eric.langley@ucl.ac.uk
External phone: 020 7679 3143
Internal phone: 33143
Office: Foster Court 234

Eric Langley-

Education and Experience

Dr Eric Langley (BA hons, MA dist, PhD: Leeds) was awarded his PhD in 2003, and since then has taught at the Universities of Leeds, York, St Andrews, Sheffield, and Royal Holloway. Having previously been a Teaching Fellow in the department, Eric returned in 2014 as Lecturer in Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature.

Research interests

Eric’s monograph, Narcissism and Suicide in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, was published by Oxford University Press in November 2009. Understanding self-love and self-slaughter in terms of self-reflexivity and aggressive isolationism, the book considers the rhetoric of introspection and period conceptions of individualism, reading the narcissist and suicide in relation to Renaissance ocular theory, the pastoral tradition, Ovid, classical influence, and religious text. His current research considers Shakespeare and other early modern authors in relation to period anxieties concerning plague and infection, metaphors of transmission, the figure of the parasite, and notions of hospitality/hostility: his monograph - Ill Communications: Shakespeare's Contagious Sympathies - is in the final stages of revision. Other recent or ongoing research considers Renaissance erotica, friendship essays, early modern letters, Lucretian atomism, and Montaigne’s digressive tendencies.

Eric's debut poetry collection - Raking Light - was publiched by Carcanet in 2017. He has poems placed in a number of publications including PN Review, New Poetries VI, and Blackbox Manifold.

Eric is currently on the supervisory team for a number of doctoral students whose work focuses, variously, on Renaissance conceptions of ecstatic experience, early-modern semiotic theory, blood, vision, Spenser and Burton, and the parasite. He would welcome enquiries from potential PhD applicants looking to work on relevant subjects.


Raking Light Narcisism  


Ill Communications: Shakespeare's Contagious Sympathies (forthcoming, 2017)

Raking Light (Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2017)

Narcissism and Suicide in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries (Oxford: OUP, 2009)

Articles and Chapters

with Lesel Dawson, 'Affective Inheritances,' Early Theatre, 20.1 (2017), 133-52

'Standing on a Beach: Shakespeare and the Sympathetic Imagination' (forthcoming)

'Try a little extendedness: Paying attention to Renaissance tenderness' (forthcoming)

The Path to which Wild Error Leads: A Lucretian Comedy of Errors,’ Textual Practice, 28 (2014), 161-87

Postured like a whore? Misreading Hermione’s Statue,’ Renaissance Studies, 27 (2013), 318-40

‘Plagued by Kindness: Contagious Sympathy in Shakespearean Drama,’ Medical Humanities, 37 (2012), 103-109

‘“And Died To Kiss His Shadow:” The Narcissistic Gaze in Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis,’ Forum for Modern Language Studies, 44.1 (2008)

‘Anatomising the Eye in Phineas Fletcher’s The Purple Island: A Literary Case Study,’ Renaissance Studies, 20.iii (2006)

‘“Filthie and Superfluous Speech:” Decadent Rhetoric and the Early-Modern Pornographer,’ Decadence in English Literature, ed. Paul Fox, Studies in English Literature (Stuttgart: Ibidem Press, 2006)


'Argus Panoptes,' PN Review, 229 (2016)

'Yellow Milkmaid Syndrome,' Blackbox Manifold, 17 (2016), online

'{{du|he|tao}} A Sequence,' PN Review, 228 (2016)

'6 Poems', New Poetries VI: An Anthology, ed. Michael Schmidt and Helen Tookey (Manchester: Carcanet Press, 2015), pp. 14-28

'2 Poems,' PN Review, 216 (2014)