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Daniel Pollack-Pelzner - Assistant Professor

Day Hall 318

Education: B.A., Yale University, 2001; M.A., Harvard University, 2006; Ph.D., Harvard University, 2010

Academic Interests:
Daniel Pollack-Pelzner joined the Linfield faculty in 2010. He offers courses on Shakespeare and early modern literature through the primary lenses of genre, gender, and performance. He also teaches a range of topics in British literary history, with emphasis on the novel, and offers a January-term course on contemporary drama through the Portland campus. An Oregon native, he lectures frequently at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is the scholar-in-residence at the Portland Shakespeare Project.

Dr. Pollack-Pelzner's research explores the ways that Shakespeare has been adapted and appropriated, particularly in the nineteenth century. He is completing a book project on Shakespeare and the Victorian novel, portions of which have appeared in the scholarly journals ELH: English Literary History, SEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, and Victorian Studies. He regularly presents work at the Shakespeare Association of America and the North American Victorian Studies Association and is a member of the faculty at the University of California Dickens Project.


  • "Jane Austen, the Prose Shakespeare," forthcoming in SEL: Studies in English Literature (Autumn 2013).

  • "Shakespeare Burlesque and the Performing Self," Victorian Studies 54.3 (Spring 2012): 401-9.

  • "Dickens and Shakespeare's Household Words," ELH: English Literary History 78.3 (Fall 2011): 533-56.

  • "Swiping Stein: The Ambivalence of Hemingway Parodies," The Hemingway Review 30.1 (Fall 2010): 69-82.

  • "'Another Key' to Act Five of A Midsummer Night's Dream," Notes and Queries 56.4 (December 2009): 579-83.

  • "Reading and Repeating Our Mutual Friend," Dickens Studies Annual 39 (2008): 261-79.

  • "Revisionary Company: Keats, Homer, and Dante in the Chapman Sonnet," Keats-Shelley Journal 56 (2007): 39-49.

  • "Dickens's Hamlet Burlesque," Dickens Quarterly 24.2 (June 2007): 103-10.

  • "On Not Teaching Wodehouse," The Quarterly Journal of the P. G. Wodehouse Society 39 (September 2006): 10-11.

Media Links

Linfield Magazine article about January-term contemporary drama course on the Portland campus:

Video discussion of teaching at Linfield:

Work with the Portland Shakespeare Project:

Four-part essay series for Oregon Arts Watch about The Taming of the Shrew:

KBOO radio interview about summer Shakespeare:

OPB radio interview about the Shakespeare authorship controversy:

Expert forum for The Millions about Dickens’s best novel:

Courses Taught at Linfield

Shakespeare: Comedies and Histories, Shakespeare: Tragedies and Tragicomedies, Shakespeare: Performing Gender and Sexuality (Gender Studies Elective), Shakespeare and his Rivals, Sex and Power in Renaissance Literature, Eighteenth-Century Satire, The Victorian Novel, 20th-Century British Literature, Art and Politics in the British Novel, Contemporary Drama (Portland Campus), Coming of Age in Literature, Inquiry Seminar: A Sense of Humor, Inquiry Seminar: Literary Adaptation from Austen to Zombies