Elizabeth Klett, Ph.D.
Professor of Literature,
College of Human Sciences and Humanities
Elizabeth Klett is a professor of literature and was the 2013-14 Mieszkuc Professor
of Women's Studies. She has a Ph.D. and M.A. in English Literature from the University
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, an M.A. in Shakespeare Studies from the Shakespeare
Institute at the University of Birmingham, UK, and a B.A. in English and Theatre from
Dr. Klett’s 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 two books: "Choreographing Shakespeare: Dance Adaptations of the Plays and Poems" (Routledge, 2019) and "Cross-Gender Shakespeare and English National Identity: Wearing the Codpiece" (Palgrave, 2009). She has also published numerous articles and book chapters on adaptations of Shakespeare in theatre, film, television and dance in the academic journals Theatre Journal, Shakespeare Bulletin, Borrowers and Lenders, Literature/Film Quarterly, Shakespeare, and Early Modern Studies Journal, as well as the collections The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare and Dance (2019), Shakespeare's Hamlet in an Era of Textual Exhaustion (2018), Shakespeare Re-dressed: Cross-Gender Casting in Contemporary Performance (2008), and Retrovisions: Reinventing the Past in Film and Fiction(2001). She also regularly reviews performances of Shakespeare for Shakespeare Bulletin.
Dr. Klett teaches Shakespeare and early modern drama at the undergraduate and graduate levels, along with courses on modern and contemporary literature, women's literature, film and adaptation studies. She is also an audiobook narrator, and can be heard voicing works by Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë and many others at the free public domain site LibriVox.org.