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Lisa  Starks

Lisa Starks

Lisa Starks
Professor, Literature


Office: HBR 207
Phone: 727-873-4158


Lisa S. Starks is a Shakespearean and early modern British literature expert. Her main research interests include Shakespeare adaptation and cinema studies; sexuality, violence, and trauma in Shakespeare and other Renaissance drama; early modern theatre and Ovid. Starks has served in many administrative and leadership roles at USF’s St. Petersburg campus, including as Founding Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Founding Department Chair.

Starks has published widely in Shakespeare and related areas. Her book publications include an edited collection, Ovid and Adaptation in Early Modern English Theatre (Edinburgh University Press, 2019); a monograph, Violence, Trauma, and Virtus in Shakespeare’s Roman Poems and Plays: Transforming Ovid (Palgrave, 2014); and two co-edited collections (with Courtney Lehmann), Spectacular Shakespeare: Critical Theory and Popular Cinema (Farleigh Dickinson UP, 2002) and The Reel Shakespeare: Alternative Cinema and Theory (Farleigh Dickinson UP, 2002). She is currently writing a new monograph on Levinas, Shakespeare, and Adaptation, which will explore how adaptations grapple with issues of hate and represent inter-human connections.

Her essays have appeared in journals such as Shakespeare QuarterlyBorrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and AppropriationShakespearean International Yearbook, and Theatre Journal, among others; and in book collections such as Ovid and Masculinity in English Renaissance Literature (eds. John S. Garrison and Goran Stanivukovic, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2021), The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Global Appropriation (eds. Christy Desmet, Sujata Iyengar, and Miriam Jacobson, Routledge, 2020), Shakespeare On Stage and Off (eds. Kenneth Graham and Alysia Kolentsis, McGill-Queen's University Press, 2019), Jane Austen and William Shakespeare: A Love Affair in Literature, Film and Performance (Marina Cano and Rosa García-Periago, 2019), Julius Caesar: A Critical Reader (ed. Andrew James Hartley, Arden/Bloomsbury, 2016), Violent Masculinities: Male Aggression in Early Modern Texts and Culture (eds. Jennifer Feather and Catherine Thomas, Palgrave, 2013), Staging the Blazon in Early Modern English Theatre (eds. Sara Morrison and Deborah Umann, 2013), and Antony and Cleopatra: New Critical Essays (ed. Sara Munson Deats, Routledge, 2005), as well as in earlier volumes.  

Starks teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on topics such as Shakespeare, British literature, Western drama and poetry. Her courses make interconnections between literature and gender identities, sexuality, and disability studies; as well as racial, ethnic, and religious diversity.