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The scholar is that man of all men who stands readiest to stand corrected.

“His class is mainly lecture-based but it is completely unlike any other lecture-based class I have ever taken. He really takes you to a different place in your learning and pushes you to think "outside the box" and WITH the text not ABOUT the text. His emphasis on wanting his students to learn and understand all the nuances of Shakespeare's language really makes taking this class interesting, relevant, and fun” a student in "Shakespeare and Sexuality" (Fall 2014).

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My third volume of poetry, Pied-Piper Philology: Love Words, is also available.

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R. Allen Shoaf
Alumni Professor of English

4338 Turlington Hall
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7310
352 294 2841

R. Allen Shoaf, Alumni Professor of English, is the author of thirteen books and nearly 100 papers and reviews, twice a holder of Fellowships of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Founding Editor of the prize-winning journal Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies, which he edited from 1987 until 2008, and the winner of six teaching awards in the University over the past 30 years, including "University-wide Teacher of the Year." He is the author also of several books of poetry, most recently Pied-Piper Philology: Love Words, and a regular contributor to poetry magazines. A former Marshall Scholar (class of 1970) in the University of East Anglia (BA Hon 1972), he has dedicated his career to Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton, authoring books and numerous articles on all three poets, and has also published regularly over the past 40 years in Dante scholarship, especially regarding the relationship between late medieval sign theory and the Commedia.