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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 researching theater projects that translate Shakespeare's plays into contemporary English and adapt Shakespeare's model to represent American history.

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.



Popular Articles

The New Yorker: "The Suprising Timeliness of "Hamilton" in London"

The New Yorker: "How Will 'Hamilton' Play in England?"

The New Yorker: "You've Probably Never Heard of America's Most Popular Playwright"

The New Yorker: "With Her Eerily Timely 'Indecent,' Paula Vogel Unsettles American Theatre Again"

The New Yorker: "The Radical Argument of the New Oxford Shakespeare"

The New Yorker: "Two Ways to Bring Shakespeare into the Twenty-First Century"

The New Yorker: "American Playwrights Try to Reinvent the History Play"

The New Yorker: "What Kind of Novels Did Shakespeare Write?"

The New York Times: "Behold, Steve Bannon's Hip-Hop Shakespeare Rewrite: 'Coriolanus'"

Public Books: "Lin-Manuel Meets Moana"

Public Books: "Harry Potter and Hamilton from the Stage to the Page"

Slate: "Westworld Is Full Of Shakespeare Quotations, But It's Using Them All Wrong"

The Millions: "Dickens’s Best Novel? Six Experts Share Their Opinions"

Oregon Arts Watch: "Fresh Shakespeare from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival"

Oregon Arts Watch: "Summer of Shrew" (four-part series)

Scholarly Articles

"Quoting Shakespeare in the British Novel, 1840-1940," forthcoming in Quoting Shakespeare, ed. Kate Rumbold and Julie Maxwell, Cambridge University Press.

"Performance Anxiety in Our Mutual Friend," Dickens Studies Annual 48 (2017): 191-205.

"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

Think Out Loud, OPB Radio: "OSF's American Revolutions Plays"

Think Out Loud, OPB Radio: "The Class of Shakespeare"

Stage and Studio, KBOO Radio: "Summer Shakespeare"

Linfield Magazine: "Inside Portland's Theatre Scene"

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), Contemporary Drama: Page, Stage, and Screen (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