Vaught is the speaker for the annual Joe and Lydia Cash Endowed Lecture Series in Literature and Culture. This lecture series was established in 2010 by Dr. Joe Cash, former chair of the McNeese English and Foreign Languages Department for 23 years, and his wife, Lydia, a retired Calcasieu Parish teacher, through the McNeese Foundation.
Vaught, who teaches 16th- and 17th-century Renaissance literature at UL at Lafayette, is the author of "Masculinity and Emotion in Early Modern English Literature," and "Carnival and Literature in Early Modern England." She is also coeditor of two collections of essays - "Grief and Gender: 700-1700" and "Shakespeare and Donne: Generic Hybrids and the Cultural Imaginary." She is also editor of the collection "Rhetorics of Bodily Disease and Health in Medieval and Early Modern England" and has published essays on Spenser's "Faerie Queene," Sidney's "New Arcadia," Shakespeare's "Richard II," "Hamlet," "Twelfth Night" and "The Winter's Tale" and the reception of his plays in 18th-century England, 19th-century New Orleans, and contemporary, American culture.
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