University of Houston - Clear Lake
School of Human Sciences and Humanities

— Faculty Profile

Elizabeth Klett
Associate Professor of Literature
Elizabeth Klett

 

Email: Klette@uhcl.edu
Office:  Bayou Bldg. 1508.16
Phone:  281-283-3445


Mailing Address:
2700 Bay Area Blvd.
Campus Box 201

Houston, TX 77058

Elizabeth Klett is Associate Professor of Literature and the 2013-14 Mieszkuc Professor of Women's Studies. Her teaching and research bring together Shakespeare and literary studies, drama and performance studies, women's and gender studies, and cultural studies. She is the author of Cross-Gender Shakespeare and English National Identity: Wearing the Codpiece (Palgrave, 2009) and numerous articles on adaptations of Shakespeare in theatre, film, television, and dance. She also regularly reviews performances of Shakespeare for the academic journal Shakespeare Bulletin. She teaches Shakespeare and early modern drama at the undergraduate and graduate levels, along with courses on modern and contemporary literature and women's literature. She can be heard voicing works by Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, and many others at the free public domain site LibriVox.org.

Education
  • Ph.D. (2003), M.A. English (1999), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • M.A. (1997), Shakespeare Studies, The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham (U.K.)
  • B.A. (1996), English and Theatre Arts, minor in Women’s Studies, Drew University

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Research Interests
  • Shakespeare and contemporary performance
  • Shakespeare on film and television
  • Gender and performance
  • Dance studies
  • Cultural studies

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Teaching
  • Shakespeare and early modern drama
  • Modern and contemporary literature
  • Women’s literature
  • Mythology
  • Humanities

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Selected Publications
  • Cross-Gender Shakespeare and English National Identity: Wearing the Codpiece. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009.
  • "The Heart of the Mystery: Surveillance in Michael Almereyda and Gregory Doran's Films of Hamlet." Literature/Film Quarterly 41 (April 2013): 102-115.
  • "Shakespearean Authority and Emotional Realism in Slings and Arrows." Early Modern Studies Journal (2012). Special issue on "Shakespeare and Performance." http://mm-network.net/emsj/articles/klett.html
  • “Reviving Viola: Comic and Tragic Teen Film Adaptations of Twelfth Night.”  Shakespeare Bulletin 26 (Summer 2008): 69-87.  Special issue on “Shakespearean Screen Adaptations for the Teen Market,” ed. Michael D. Friedman.
  • “Many Bodies, Many Voices: Performing Androgyny in Fiona Shaw and Deborah Warner’s Richard II.” Theatre Journal 58 (May 2006): 175-194
  • “ ‘O How This Mother Swells Up Toward My Heart’: Performing Mother and Father in Helena Kaut-Howson’s Cross-Gender King Lear.” Shakespeare Bulletin 23 (Fall 2005): 53-73.

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