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Daniel Pollack-Pelzner Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner

Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies


  • B.A. in History, Yale University, 2001
  • Ph.D. in English, Harvard University, 2010

Day Hall 318


Dr. Pollack-Pelzner loves to teach Shakespeare, guiding students to explore the plays on the page, stage, and screen. He also teaches courses on Sex and Power in the Renaissance, Secret Lives in Victorian Literature, and History Plays from Henry V to Hamilton. During January Term, he offers an experiential course on theater in Portland. In 2016, he received a Graves Award for outstanding teaching in the humanities at a liberal arts college.

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 scholarly articles about Shakespeare and the British novel, and his articles on Shakespeare and contemporary culture have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.

Born and raised in Oregon, Dr. Pollack-Pelzner lectures frequently at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and is the scholar-in-residence at the Portland Shakespeare Project. He is also the Shakespeare Scholar for the Oregon Psychiatric Physicians Association and a consulting scholar for Advancing Gender Equity in the Arts.



Recent Articles

The New Yorker: "What Shakespeare Actually Did During the Plague"

The New Yorker: "In 'Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus," Taylor Mac Takes on Shakespeare--and Trump"

The New Yorker: "Quiara Alegria Hudes Rewrites the American Landscape"

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 York Times: "Unseen Script Offers New Evidence of a Radical Lorraine Hansberry"

The New York Times: "Rewriting Greek Tragedies as Immigrant Stories"

The New York Times: "Mary Poppins, and a Nanny's Shameful Flirting with Blackface"

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

Public Books: "Theater and Climate Change"

Public Books: "The Book That Made Me A Girl"

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"

American Theatre: "Dr. Shakespeare, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Play On"

Oregon Arts Watch: "'Pipeline': Looking for Space"

Oregon Arts Watch: "The Hidden History of 'Oklahoma!'"

Oregon Arts Watch: "OSF: Changing the Social Order"

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

Academic Articles

"Quoting Shakespeare in the British Novel from Dickens to Wodehouse" in Shakespeare and Quotation, ed. Julie Maxwell and Kate Rumbold (Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2018), 136-55.

"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

Oregon Shakespeare Festival: "Why Shakespeare?"

Reduced Shakespeare Podcast: "West Side Story"

Profile Theatre: "Claudia: A Viral Love Story"

Foolish Voices Podcast: "Theater in the Time of Coronavirus"

The Colin McEnroe Show: "Carrying On Amid the Confinement of COVID-19"

Reduced Shakespeare Podcast: "Mary Poppins Kerfuffle"

Portland Tribune: "The Timeliness of 'Hamilton'"

The Oregonian: "My Grandfather Was An Illegal Immigrant"

Oregon Jewish Life: "Voices in 'Pericles Wet' Remind Scholar of Havurah"

Pacific Sun: "Ambitious Task: A Shakespeare Lover Sets Out To See All The Bard's Plays"

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"

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


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), Contemporary Drama: Environmental Theatre (Portland Campus), Poetry, Prose, and Plays: How Do We Know in Literature?, Coming of Age in Literature from Shakespeare to Bechdel, Inquiry Seminar: Literary Adaptation, Inquiry Seminar: A Sense of Humor, Inquiry Seminar: How Hamilton Makes History Senior Seminar: Novel Theory, Senior Seminar: Shakespeare from the Margins