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Daniel Pollack-Pelzner - Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies

Day Hall 318


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


Daniel Pollack-Pelzner joined the Linfield faculty in 2010 and teaches in English and Gender Studies. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard, where he helped to edit the Norton edition of Shakespeare's complete works. His Shakespeare courses focus on the intersections of gender, genre, and performance; he also teaches a range of topics in British literary history, including the Victorian novel, and he offers a January-term course on contemporary theater through the Portland campus. He is the recipient of a Graves Award for outstanding teaching in the humanities.

Dr. Pollack-Pelzner’s research explores Shakespeare adaptations: how writers transform Shakespeare’s model into literary forms that speak to their own cultural moment--and shape what we mean by "Shakespeare" today. He has published about representations of interiority in Shakespeare and the British novel in ELH: English Literary HistorySEL: Studies in English Literature 1500-1900, and Victorian Studies. He is currently exploring how gendered assumptions have shaped the canonization of Shakespeare's plays, and why we think Shakespeare's language shouldn't be changed.

An Oregon native, Dr. Pollack-Pelzner lectures frequently at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is the scholar-in-residence at the Portland Shakespeare Project, as well as a consulting scholar for Age and Gender Equity in the Arts. He is also a member of the faculty at the University of California Dickens Project and is the Shakespeare Scholar for the Oregon Psychiatric Physicians Association. His articles on Shakespeare and contemporary culture have appeared recently in The New YorkerSlatePublic Books, and The New York Times.

Current Projects:

“Quoting Shakespeare: Novel and Theatre.” Commissioned chapter for an essay collection, Quoting Shakespeare, ed. Kate Rumbold and Julie Maxwell. Under contract with Cambridge University Press.

“Dickens and Shakespeare.” Commissioned chapter for an essay collection, The Edinburgh Companion to Dickens and the Arts, ed. Juliet John and Claire Wood.

“Shakespeare and the Victorians.” Commissioned review essay for Victorian Studies.

“Performance Anxiety.” Essay forthcoming in Dickens Studies Annual, based on an invited keynote lecture for the Dickens Universe, University of California, Santa Cruz, on theatrical alternatives to interiority.

"Shakespeare and Dickens: Becoming Household Words." Commissioned book proposal under review at Oxford University Press.



  • "Jane Austen, the Prose Shakespeare," SEL: Studies in English Literature 53.4 (Autumn 2013): 763-92.

  • "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

New Yorker article about Shakespeare authorship:


New Yorker article about 21st-Century Shakespeare:


New Yorker article about American history plays:


New Yorker article about novel versions of Shakespeare:


New Yorker article about the history of modernizing Shakespeare:


New York Times article about hip-hop Shakespeare and the White House:


Public Books article about HARRY POTTER and HAMILTON:


Public Books article about Disney's MOANA and Lin-Manuel Miranda:


Slate article on Shakespeare in HBO's WESTWORLD:


Oregon Arts Watch column on translating Shakespeare at OSF:


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


Work with the Portland Shakespeare Project:


OPB radio interview about Shakespeare's history plays:


OPB radio interview about the Shakespeare authorship controversy:


KBOO radio interview about summer Shakespeare:


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


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


Video discussion of teaching at Linfield:


Linfield faculty lecture: "Shakespeare's Bad Bromance"


Courses Taught at Linfield

Shakespeare: Comedies and Histories, Shakespeare: Tragedies and Tragicomedies, Shakespeare: Performing Gender and Sexuality, Shakespeare and His Rivals, Sex and Power in the Renaissance, Eighteenth-Century Satire, Secret Lives in Victorian Literature, British Literature from Modernism to Postmodernism, Contemporary Drama: Problem Plays (Portland Campus), Contemporary Drama: Performing Masculinity (Portland Campus), Contemporary Drama: Beyond Realism (Portland Campus), Poetry, Prose, and Plays: How Do We Know in Literature?, Coming of Age in Literature from Shakespeare to Sherman Alexie, Inquiry Seminar: Literary Adaptation, Inquiry Seminar: A Sense of Humor, Senior Seminar: Literary Theory