Department of English

Sonya Loftis

Assistant Professor
of English


Sonya Freeman Loftis is an assistant professor specializing in Shakespeare and disability studies. She is the author of two monographs: Shakespeare’s Surrogates (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Imagining Autism (Indiana University Press, 2015). Her work on drama and disability has appeared in journals such as Shakespeare Bulletin, Disability Studies Quarterly, SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies, The South Atlantic Review, and Text & Presentation.

Ph.D. in English, University of Georgia

B.A. in English, North Georgia College and State University

Imagining Autism: Fiction and Stereotypes on the Spectrum Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2015.

Shakespeare’s Surrogates: Rewriting Renaissance Drama.New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

“The Autistic Detective: Sherlock Holmes and his Legacy.” Disability Studies Quarterly 34.4 (2014).

“The Superman on the Spectrum: Shaw’s Autistic Characters and the Neurodiversity Movement.” SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies 34 (2014): 59-74.

“Obsession/Rationality/Agency: Autistic Shakespeare.” Co-author, Lisa Ulevich. Disability, Health, and Happiness in the Shakespearean Body. Ed. Sujata Iyengar. New York: Routledge, 2014. 58-75.

 “Reconstructing the Bower of Bliss: Homoerotic Myth-Making in The Faerie Queene.Renaissance Papers (2012): 1-12.

 “Restructuring Marlowe: Images of the Body in Brecht’s Edward II.” The Brecht Yearbook 37 (2012): 22-39.

“A Less than Original Screenplay: Bernard Shaw’s Influence on Shakespeare in Love.”
South Atlantic Review 76.3 (2011): 111-127.

“Death, Horror, and Darkness: O’Connor’s Gothic Novel on Screen.” Wise Blood: A
Re-Consideration. Ed. John J. Han. Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi Press, 2011. 389-404.

“Mary Pickford as Shakespearean Shrew: Redefining the Image of America’s Sweetheart.” Shakespeare Bulletin 28.3 (2010): 313-327.

“Attacking the Canon through the Corpse: Cannibalism and Surrogation in Hamletmachine.” Text & Presentation 6 (2009): 81-93.

“Shakespeare, Shotover, Surrogation: ‘Blaming the Bard’ in Heartbreak House.” SHAW: The Annual of Bernard Shaw Studies 29 (2009): 50-65.  

“The Suicide of Lavinia: Finding Rome in Titus Andronicus.” Renaissance Papers (2007): 111-123.

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