Worcester State University
English Department


Sharon R. Yang

Contact Information
Office: S-304F
Phone: (
508) 929-8711
Email: sharon.yang@worcester.edu

B.A., University of Massachusetts, Lowell;
M.A., Clark University;
Ph.D., University of Connecticut

Areas of Specialization
Shakespeare, Renaissance and seventeenth-century Literature, British nineteenth-century literature, film and popular culture, women’s literature, and medieval literature.

Sharon R. Yang is Professor of English, teaching in the undergraduate and graduate programs.  She is also a member of the faculty of the Women’s Studies Program and the Honors Program, as well as the WSU liaison for the New England Undergraduate Shakespeare Conference. In addition, she advises English majors with a secondary education minor and runs workshops in MTEL prep and other areas related to research and pedagogy.  She earned her B.A. from University of Lowell (now UMass-Lowell), her M.A. from Clark University, and her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. 

Her varied research and teaching interests nicely dovetail:  Renaissance literature, nineteenth-century literature, film and literature, women and literature, and mythology.  Dr. Yang has published two books.  Goddesses, Mages, and Wise Women:  The Female Pastoral Guide in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century English Drama (2011) reveals how a figure predominating the pastoral has proved a venue for writers to explore numerous possibilities in contemporary gender relations. Earlier, she edited a collection of essays:  The X-Files and Literature:  Unweaving the Story, Unraveling the Lie to Find the Truth (2007).  In addition, her publications on Shakespeare, Lady Mary Wroth, Emily Bronte, Virginia Woolf, Henry James, and The X-Files have appeared in such journals as The Upstart Crow, Literature/Film Quarterly, Text and Performance Quarterly, and The Explicator. 

Many of the following courses that she has taught (and sometimes developed) have drawn on as well as contributed to her research:  Shakespeare, Women Poets, Witchcraft in Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Screen and Page, Shakespeare and Film, Creative Thinking and Critical Writing, Romantic and Victorian Gothic Literature, Mythology, Romantic Literature, and Victorian Literature.





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