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Julia Reinhard Lupton
Faculty Director, Illuminations:The Chancellor's Arts and Culture Initiative
Associate Dean for Research
Faculty Director, Humanities Commons

Ph.D., Yale University 1989 Renaissance Studies
Research Interests:
Shakespeare: Renaissance Literature: Religious Studies: Humanities and the Public Sphere; design and everyday life.
Academic Awards:
Guggenheim Fellowship, 2013-2014 Faculty, School for Criticism and Theory at Cornell University, 2013 Editorial Boards: Studies in English Literature, MLQ, Exemplaria, Literature and Theology, Renaissance Drama, and Shakespeare Quarterly MLA: Delegate Assembly; Executive Committee, Seventeenth-Century British Literature UCI Chancellor's Fellow, 2008-2011 UCI Living Our Values Award, 2009-2010 Edward Lynton Award for Scholarship and Public Life, 2005 ACLS Fellowship, 2004-2005
Research Summary:
Julia Reinhard Lupton is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine, with a joint appointment in Education. Beginning September 1, 2014, she is Associate Dean of Research for the School of Humanities and Faculty Director of Illuminations, the Chancellor's arts and culture initiative. She is the co-founder with Eli Simon of the UCI Shakespeare Center and has been active in the formation of UCI's Center for the Study of Early Cultures. She is the founder and current faculty director of Humanities Out There, the School of Humanities' outreach program. In 2013-14, she received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her book project, "Shakespeare Dwelling: Designs for the Theater of Life." In 2013-14 she served as Interim Chair for the Department of English. From 2010 to 2012, she directed UCI’s Program in Jewish Studies. In 2007, she was named a Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of California, Irvine, in recognition of her contributions to Shakespeare studies. In 2014, she was elected Trustee of the Shakespeare Association of America.

Her most recent scholarly books are Thinking with Shakespeare: Essays on Politics and Life (Chicago, 2011) and Citizen-Saints: Shakespeare and Political Theology (Chicago Press, 2005). She is also author of Afterlives of the Saints: Hagiography, Typology and Renaissance Literature (Stanford, 1996) and co-author with Kenneth Reinhard of After Oedipus: Shakespeare in Psychoanalysis (Cornell, 1992). She is the co-editor with Graham Hammill of Political Theology and Early Modernity (Chicago 2011). Other edited volumes include The Arden Critical Guide to Romeo and Juliet and Shakespeare and Hospitality: Ethics, Politics, Exchange, with David Goldstein. She is the co-author with Ellen Lupton of two trade books on design, "DIY Kids" (Princeton Architectural Press) and "Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things" (St. Martin's Press). Her forthcoming book, "Shakespeare Dwelling: Designs for the Theater of Life," uses the visual, cognitive, and phenomenological resources of design theory to disclose the many points of creative contact between formal and vernacular acts of design on Shakespeare’s stage. The emphasis falls on the life of objects (developed via affordance, user, and interobjectivity studies), the design of space (supported by excurses into architecture and urbanism), the management of time (supplemented by phenomenology and political theology), and housekeeping and hospitality. Lupton's latest project is on virtue in Shakespeare, theater, and humanistic education.
Professional Associations
Trustee, Shakespeare Association of America
Modern Language Association
Selected Publications:
  "Shakespeare Dwelling: Designs for the Theater of Life," book forthcoming University of Chicago Press, 2017/18.
  Thinking with Shakespeare: Essays on Politics and Life, University of Chicago Press, 2011
  Citizen-Saints: Shakespeare and Political Theology, University of Chicago Press, 2005.
  Afterlives of the Saints: Hagiography, Typology, and Renaissance Literature (Stanford, Calif.: Stanford UP, 1996)
  co-authored with Kenneth Reinhard, After Oedipus (Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1993)
  Articles on Shakespeare, religion and literature, Spenser, and psychoanalysis.
  Design Your Life: The Pleasures and Perils of Everyday Things (St. Martin's Press, 2009), co-authored with Ellen Lupton
  DIY Kids (Princeton Architectural Press, 2007), co-authored with Ellen Lupton.

Contact Information

     Campus Address
     Julia Reinhard Lupton
University of California, Irvine
1130 Humanities Gateway
Irvine, CA 92697-2650
Mail Code: 2650
     Campus phone: (949) 824-6716
     Campus phone: (949) 824-2916
Date last modified: 10/09/2016
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