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Lock Haven University professor publishes book on Shakespeare

Dr. Elizabeth Gruber, professor of English at Lock Haven University, recently had a book on Shakespeare and his counterparts published – “Renaissance Ecopolitics from Shakespeare to Bacon: Rethinking Cosmopolis.”

“My book capitalizes on the productive conjunction of ecocriticism and Renaissance studies,” Gruber said. “In broad terms, I show how the intellectual vitality of this period laid the foundations for our current world, particularly in determining the relationship between humans and their natural surroundings.”

She seeks to illuminate the significance of the transformations in the evolution of concepts such as “self” and “world” in the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Gruber added.

The book, published by Routledge in August, has been included in the Routledge Studies in Shakespeare series. The Routledge series is the “home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering Shakespeare alongside topics such as religion, politics, gender, race, ecology, popular culture, and history, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subject and innovative studies on emerging topics,” according to Routledge’s website,

In each chapter, Gruber aims to offer fresh readings of specific literary works and also consider how they anticipate or engage with issues, tensions, or anxieties that continue to be of pressing significance, she said.

Gruber received a doctorate degree in literature from the University of Nevada in 2002 and has been a member of the English faculty at LHU since 2003.

“My book benefitted immeasurably from the extensive teaching experience I have had at LHU, confirming the essential relationship between research, writing, and pedagogy,” Gruber said. “And I was able to complete the manuscript through the generous support of my university, when I was awarded an Alternative Workload Leave for fall 2016.”

Gruber also has published a number of articles on Shakespeare, Shakespearean adaptation, and ecocriticism. Her book is available for purchase on Routledge’s website and at

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