Bruce Young’s main areas of emphasis in teaching and research are Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, and literary theory and criticism. He also teaches courses on C. S. Lewis, world literature, and other topics. His research and writing on Shakespeare has focused on family life as experienced in Shakespeare’s time and depicted in the plays. Besides Shakespeare and Lewis, Professor Young’s passions include the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, a twentieth-century thinker whose ideas have many kinds of relevance to literary study. Among other things, Levinas discusses art, language, history, and culture, but above all “ethics,” by which he means the unavoidable relationship each of us has with “the Other” (i.e., the other person).
PhD, Harvard, 1983