- PhD, English, University of Southern Mississippi
M. Tyler Sasser holds a PhD in English from the University of Southern Mississippi, an MA in English from Georgia Southern University, and a BA in English and Psychology from Mercer University. He specializes in early modern literature and children’s literature, having particular interests in Shakespeare and childhood studies. His teaching and research interests expand to include drama, adaptation studies, gender studies, African-American children’s literature, Tennessee Williams, and film. He teaches early British literature, composition, the Bible as liteature, and children’s literature.
He completed his dissertation, “Shakespeare and Boyhood: Early Modern Representations and Contemporary Appropriations,” in December 2014. Working with a variety of texts, from early modern drama to conduct books, midwifery manuals, polemic pamphlets, and children’s literature, this project questions prevailing critical notions that boys in Shakespeare and their afterlives are trivial and instead proposes that they are central to understanding the playwright’s engagement with a range of masculine ideals.
He is an accomplished amateur guitar, mandolin, and dulcimer player, and during his free time, he enjoys paddling on the Black Warrior River. He owns a basset hound named after the Delta blues legend “Stagger Lee.”
Sasser also directs “UA in Italy: Following Shakespeare throughout Venice, Florence, Rome, and Sicily,” a study abroad program that takes students throughout Italy as the study several of the places where Shakespeare’s plays take place.
Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters
- “Moth and the Pedagogical Ideal in Love’s Labour’s Lost.” Queering Childhood in Early Modern English Drama and Culture. Eds. Jennifer Higginbotham and Mark Johnston. (Forthcoming in the Palgrave Shakespeare Series, 2017).
- “‘a delicate and tender prince’: Hamlet and Millennial Boyhood.” Shakespeare and Millennial Fiction. Ed. A. J. Hartley. (Forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, November 2017).
- “‘the boy that I gave Falstaff’: The Page Boy and Early Modern Manhood in 2 Henry IV and Henry V.” Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 30 (2017): 147-64.
- “The Binding of Isaac: Jewish and Christian Appropriations of the Akedah (Genesis 22) in Contemporary Picture Books.” Children’s Literature 45 (2017): 138-63.
- “Unraveling ‘the Desdemona thing’ in Tennessee Williams.” The Tennessee Williams Annual Review 15 (2016): 147-63.
- “’No one queens it like himself.’ Performing Unconventional Boyhood in Historical Shakespearean Fiction.” Children’s Literature in Education 47.1 (2016): 50-65.
- “The Snowy Day in the Civil Rights Era: Peter’s Political Innocence and Unpublished Letters from Langston Hughes, Ellen Tarry, Grace Nail Johnson, and Charlemae Hill Rollins.” Children’s Literature Association Quarterly 39.3 (2014): 359-84.*
- *Winner of the 2014 International Children’s Literature Association Graduate Essay Award
Short Articles and Encyclopedia Entries
- “William Taylor Adams (Oliver Optic).” Dictionary of Literary Biography: Novelists of the American Civil War 378 (2016): 45-54.
- “The Taming of the Shrew at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 2014.” Shakespeare Bulletin 32.4 (2014): 748-51.
- “The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, 2012.” Theatre Journal 65.2 (2013): 281-83.
- “Interview with Drew Reeves as King Edward III.” The Shakespeare Newsletter 62.1 (2012): 19-22 (double column).
- “Edward III and Two Noble Kinsmen by the Atlanta Shakespeare Company, 2010.” Shakespeare Bulletin29.4 (2011): 666-72.
- “Jonson, Shakespeare, and the ‘little eyases’ Who Wrote Hamlet.” Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association 27 (2010): 139-60.
In Renaissance Studies, The Sixteenth Century Journal, The Upstart Crow: A Shakespeare Journal, Early Modern Literary Studies, Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture, 1660-1700, Social History,International Research in Children’s Literature, The Lion and the Unicorn, Children’s Literature, Children’s Literature Association Quarterly, Journal of the Fantastic Arts, South Atlantic Review, M/MLA Journal, andCallaloo.