Pollack-Pelzner to present faculty lecture on rebirth of romantic comedy

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, EnglishShakespeare Scholar Daniel Pollack-Pelzner will present “Shakespeare’s Bad Bromance” on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. in 201 Riley Hall at Linfield College.

Pollack-Pelzner, the Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies and associate professor of English at Linfield, will explore the rebirth of romantic comedy in the 1590s. He will discuss the tension between male bonds and heterosexual marriage, concerning “Much Ado About Nothing,” together with Keanu Reeves, Katharine Hepburn, Silicon Valley, PTSD, illustrated sex organs and Nut & Honey Crunch.

Pollack-Pelzner joined the Linfield faculty in 2010 and teaches courses on Shakespeare and early modern drama that focus on the intersections of gender, genre and performance. He also teaches a range of topics in British literary history and offers a January-term course on contemporary theatre through the Portland campus. He lectures frequently at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is the scholar-in-residence at the Portland Shakespeare Project. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard, where he helped to edit the Norton edition of Shakespeare’s complete works. He taught previously at Harvard and the American School of Paris. He trained at Yale University as a Shakespearean actor and is the recipient of a Graves Award for outstanding teaching in the humanities.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The Linfield College faculty lecture series offers one presentation each month. For more information, call 503-883-2409.