Tyler Sasser

Tyler Sasser



  • 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, masculinity studies, African-American children’s literature, Tennessee Williams, and film. He teaches early British literature (including single-author classes on Shakespeare, Milton, and Donne), composition, the History of the English Language, the Bible as literature, and children’s literature.

His first manuscript, “Shakespearean Boyhood: The Subversive Masculinity of Shakespeare’s Boy Characters,” finds that Shakespeare frequently subverts early modern masculine ideals, such as the chivalrous knight and the humanist man of moderation, through his gendered use of boy characters. Working with a variety of texts, from early modern drama to conduct books, midwifery manuals, and polemic pamphlets, this project questions prevailing critical notions that boys in Shakespeare  are trivial and instead proposes that they are central to understanding the playwright’s engagement with a range of masculine ideals. The project contends for a comprehensive analysis of how Shakespearean boyhood engages with historical debates concerning the definition of late medieval boyhood and manhood.

He is an accomplished amateur guitar, mandolin, and dulcimer player, and during his free time, he enjoys paddling on the Black Warrior River.

Sasser directs “UA in Italy: Following Shakespeare,” a study abroad program that takes students throughout Italy (Venice, Verona, Pisa, Florence, Bologna, Ravenna, Rome, Lucca, and Sicily) as they study several of the places where Shakespeare sets his plays.

He also directs the Shakespeare Film Series at the Bama Theatre for the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies.


Refereed Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Short Articles and Encyclopedia Entries

  • “Coffy” (110-12), “Dear White People” (140-42), “The Defiant Ones” (143-44), “Intolerance” (291-96), and “The Wild Bunch” (640-42). Encyclopedia of Racism in American Cinema. Ed. Salvador Murguia. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.
  • “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 StudiesThe Sixteenth Century JournalThe Upstart Crow: A Shakespeare Journal, Early Modern Literary Studies, Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture1660-1700, Social History, Christianity and Literature, International Research in Children’s LiteratureThe Lion and the Unicorn, Children’s Literature, Children’s Literature Association QuarterlyJournal of the Fantastic Arts, South Atlantic Review, M/MLA Journal, and Callaloo.