Eric Langley

Eric Langley


  • TW20 0EX

Personal profile

Research interests

Dr Eric Langley's book, Narcissism and Suicide in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries, was published by Oxford University Press in November 2009. Understanding self-love and self-slaughter in terms of self-reflexivity and aggressive isolationism, the book considers the rhetoric of introspection and period conceptions of individualism, reading the narcissist and suicide in relation to Renaissance ocular theory, the pastoral tradition, Ovid, classical influence, and religious text. Current research considers Shakespeare and other early modern authors in relation to period anxieties concerning plague and infection, metaphors of transmission, the nature of poison and medicine (pharmaceutical rhetoric), the figure of the parasite, and notions of hospitality/hostility. Other recent or ongoing research considers Renaissance erotica, friendship essays, early modern letters, suicide notes, illegitimacy, and Herge.


EN1106 Shakespeare

EN2010 Renaissance Lit

EN3011 Advanced Shakespeare

EN5731 Shakespeare MA - The Works

Educational background

Dr Eric Langley (BA hons, MA dist, PhD: Leeds) was awarded his PhD in 2003, and since then has taught at the Universities of York, St Andrews, Sheffield, and UCL.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • Shakespeare
  • History of Subjectivity
  • History of Medicine
  • Renaissance Rhetoric
  • Theory