Specializes in dramatic literature and performance studies, especially Renaissance and modern drama. Professor Sofer holds an M.F.A. in Directing and is interested in performance as an aid to textual interpretation. A widely published poet, he also teaches creative writing.
"Take Up the Bodies: Shakespeare's Babies, Body Parts, and Corpses," Theatre Symposium 18 (2010): 135-48.
“How To Do Things With Demons: Conjuring Performatives in Doctor Faustus,” Theatre Journal 61 (2009): 1-22.
“Something Cloudy, Something Queer: Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! and Tennessee Williams’s Period of Adjustment as Problem Comedies,” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 18 (2004): 37-58.
“The Cheese-Roll Under the Cocktail Cabinet: Pinter’s Object Lessons,” The Pinter Review Collected Essays 2003 and 2004, ed. Francis Gillen and Steven H. Gale. Tampa: University of Tampa Press, 2004: 29-38.
“Absorbing Interests: Kyd’s Bloody Handkerchief as Palimpsest,” Comparative Drama 34 (2000): 127-53.
“No Ideas But In Things: Beckett’s Uncanny Props,” Text & Presentation: Journal of the Comparative Drama Conference 19 (1998): 123-29.
“The Skull on the Renaissance Stage: Imagination and the Erotic Life of Props,” English Literary Renaissance 28 (1998): 47-74.
“Felt Absences: The Stage Properties of Othello’s Handkerchief,” Comparative Drama 31 (1997): 367-93.
“Self-Consuming Artifacts: Power, Performance, and the Body in Tennessee Williams’ Suddenly Last Summer,” Modern Drama 38 (1995): 336-47.
Essays in Edited Collections
“Properties,” The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern Theatre, ed. Richard Dutton. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 009.
“From Technology to Trope: The Archbishop’s Ceiling and Arthur Miller’s Prismatic Drama,” in Arthur Miller’s America: Theater & Culture in a Time of Change, ed. Enoch Brater (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2005): 94-108.
“Maria Irene Fornes: Acts of Translation,” in A Companion to Twentieth Century American Drama, ed. David Krasner (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005): 440-55.
Creative Writing, Books
Wave (Editor's Choice Series Selection, Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2011) Review
Creative Writing, Journals
Poems published in Southwest Review, Atlanta Review, North American Review, Margie, Southern Poetry Review, Poetry International, Dogwood, The Formalist, and elsewhere.
Creative Writing, Interviews and Readings
Boston College Faculty Publication Highlight (video)