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Daniel J Vitkus


image of daniel vitkusPh.D. (Columbia University)

Professor of English
Rebeca Hickel Chair in Elizabethan Literature

Primary Office: LIT 338
Primary Phone: Contact Department
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Email: dvitkus@ucsd.edu

2014-2014 Center for the Humanities Faculty Fellow

Daniel Vitkus earned his Master's Degree in English Language and Literature at Oxford University (Hertford College) and his Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University.  His interests include Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, travel writing, cultural studies, literary theory, postcolonial literature, Islamic culture and its representation in the West, economic history, global theory, the origins of capitalism, and the cultural history of empire.  



Selected Publications:

  • “'People of Bad Disposition': The Failed French Colony at Fort Caroline as a Site of Local Conflict within a Trans‐Imperial System” in Journal of Transnational American Studies 8.1 (2017): 1-15.
  • “Turning Tricks: Erotic Commodification, Cross‐Cultural Conversion, and the Bed‐Trick on the English Stage, 1580‐1630.” Ed. Helen Smith and Simon Ditchfield. Conversions: Gender and Religious Change in Early Modern Europe (Manchester University Press, 2017), 236-57.
  • “Indicating Commodities in Early English Discovery Narratives” in The Book in History, The Book as History.  Ed. Zachary Lesser, Heidi Brayman Hackel, and Jesse Lander (Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and Yale University Press, 2016), pp. 181-201.
  • “Circumnavigation, Shakespeare, and the Origins of Globalization” in Shakespeare in Our Time.  Ed. Dympna Callaghan and Suzanne Gossett. (London: Bloomsbury Arden Shakespeare, 2016), pp. 167-75.
  • Article on “Islam” in Bruce E. Smith, ed. The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare. 2 vols. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.
  • “‘Consider the lamentable cry of the poor’: Foreign Parasites, English Usurers, and Economic Crisis in The Three Ladies of London, Performance as Research in Early English Theatre Studies:  The Three Ladies of London in Context. Ed. Helen Ostovich. McMaster University, 2015. <http://threeladiesoflondon.mcmaster.ca/contexts/DanielVitkus.htm>
  • "Labor and Travel on the Early Modern Stage: Representing the Travail of Travel in Dekker's Old Fortunatus and Shakespeare's Pericles" in Working Subjects in Early Modern English Drama. Ed. Michelle Dowd and Natasha Korda (Ashgate, 2010).
  • "The New Globalism: Transcultural Commerce, Global Systems Theory, and Spenser's Mammon" in A Companion to the Global Renaissance: English Literature and Culture in the Era of Expansion. Ed. Jyotsna Singh (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) 31-49.
  • "'The Common Market of All the World': English Theater, the Global System, and the Ottoman Empire in the Early Modern Period" in Global Traffic: Discourses and Practices of Trade in English Literature and Culture from 1550 to 1700. Ed. Stephen Deng and Barbara Sebek (Palgrave, 2008): 19-37.
  • Critical edition of William Shakespeare's Othello. Barnes & Noble, 2007.
  • "Adventuring Heroes in the Mediterranean: Mapping the Boundaries of Anglo-Islamic Exchange on the Early Modern Stage" in a special issue of The Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies on Mapping the Mediterranean, guest edited by Valeria Finucci and Grant Parker (37.1, winter, 2007).
  • Poisoned Figs, or The Traveler's Religion: Travel, Trade, and Conversion in Early Modern English Culture" in Re-Mapping the Mediterranean World in Early Modern English Writings. Ed. Goran Stanivukovic (Palgrave Macmillan, January, 2007).
  • "Turks and Jews in The Jew of Malta" in Early Modern English Drama: A Critical Companion, ed. Patrick Cheney, Andrew Hadfield, and Garrett Sullivan, Jr. (Oxford UP, 2006).
  • Turning Turk: English Theater and the Multicultural Mediterranean, 1570-1630, Palgrave Macmillan, 2003, 244 pp.
  • "'Meaner Ministers': Theatrical Labor, Mastery, and Bondage in The Tempest" in The Blackwell Companion to Shakespeare's Works: The Poems, Problem Comedies and Late Plays, ed. Jean E. Howard and Richard Dutton, Blackwell, 2003, 408-26.
  • Piracy, Slavery, and Redemption: Barbary Captivity Narratives from Early Modern England, selected and edited by Daniel Vitkus. Columbia University Press, 2001, 376 pp.
  • "The 'O' in Othello: Tropes of Damnation and Nothingness" in New Critical Essays on Othello, ed. Philip C. Kolin (Routledge, 2001) 347-62.
  • "The Circulation of Bodies: Slavery, Maritime Commerce, and English Captivity Narratives in the Early Modern Period" in Colonial and Postcolonial Incarceration, ed. Graeme Harper, Continuum, 2001, 23-37.
  • Guest Co-Editor with Jyotsna Singh, special issue of Journal X 6.1, Autumn 2001, on "Rethinking Postcoloniality", Introduction, pp. 1-18.
  • Critical edition of Three Turk Plays from Early Modern England: Selimus, Emperor of the Turks; A Christian Turned Turk;and The Renegado, Columbia University Press, 2000, 358 pp.
  • "Trafficking with the Turk: English Travelers in the Ottoman Empire during the Seventeenth Century" in Travel Knowledge: European Witnesses to "Navigations, Traffiques, and Discoveries" in the Early Modern Period, ed. Jyotsna G. Singh and Ivo Kamps, NY: St. Martin's Press, 2000, 35-52.
  • "Early Modern Orientalism: Representations of Islam in Sixteenth and Seventeenth-Century Europe," Western Views of Islam in Medieval and Early Modern Europe, ed. D. Blanks and M. Frassetto, NY: St. Martin's Press, 1999, 207-30.
  • "Turning Turk in Othello: The Conversion and Damnation of the Moor" Shakespeare Quarterly 48: 2, Summer, 1997: 145-76.