Prof. Engel Publishes Two Essays in 2018 Volumes

Engel - Shakespeare and memory

Pursuing his interests in both Shakespeare and memory studies, Professor Bill Engel has published an essay about one of the most unforgettable characters in Western Literature, Falstaff, and goes on to investigate why Shakespeare wants playgoers to forget him by the end of his four-play cycle of history plays concerning Henry V:  "Handling Memory in the Henriad: Forgetting Falstaff," eds. Andrew Hiscock and Lina Perkins Wilder, The Routledge Handbook of Shakespeare and Memory (Routledge, 2018), 165-79.

Also, as part of his on-going research in nineteenth century writers' close readings of medieval and Renaissance texts, Engel published a study of Poe's debt to the Qur'an and other Orientalist sources in his portrayal of angels: "Fantastic Spaces, Angelic Places, in Poe and Place: Geocriticism and Spatial Literary Studies, ed. Philip Phillips (Palgrave, 2018), 169-92.

More on Dr. Engel's life and work can be found here.