Daniel O’Quinn is a Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. He is most recently the author of Entertaining Crisis in the Atlantic Imperium, 1770-1790 (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011), which received Honorable Mention for the Joe A. Callaway Prize from New York University. His first book, Staging Governance: Theatrical Imperialism in London, 1770-1800 (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005), received Honorable Mention for the Bernard Hewitt Prize for Excellence in Theatre History from the American Society for Theatre Research. He has also co-edited the Cambridge Companion to British Theatre, 1730-1830 (2007) with Jane Moody and Georgian Theatre in an Information Age, a special double-issue of Eighteenth-Century Fiction, with Gillian Russell
Over the last four years he has edited three eighteenth-century travel narratives. In addition to preparing TheTravels of Mirza Abu Taleb Khan for Broadview Press (2008) and Lady Elizabeth Craven's A Journey through the Crimea to Constantinople for Gorgias Press (2010), he has also co-edited, with Teresa Heffernan, a new edition of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu's The Turkish Embassy Letters from Broadview Press (2012).
Working on these travel narratives has laid the groundwork for a new body of work on the complex interactions between Britain and the Ottoman Empire in the eighteenth century. His new project, entitled After Peace and Beside War: Engaging the Ottoman Empire, explores the relationship between diplomacy and artistic practice in order to offer new perspectives on war and global modernity. His articles on the intersection of race, sexuality and class in a range of cultural milieus have appeared in various journals including ELH, Studies in Eighteenth Century Culture, October, Studies in Romanticism, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, Theatre Journal, Documents, European Romantic Review, and Romantic Praxis.
Professor O’Quinn’s work has been fundamentally involved with three related developments in the study of late 18th century culture. His work on British-India, and various trans-Atlantic topics are part of the ongoing re-evaluation of the representation of imperialism in British culture. His research on performance and theatre are part of a full-scale attempt by a host of scholars to re-think the performance cultures of British romanticism. And his fundamental commitment to the historical analysis of race, class, sexuality and gender places his work within a larger body of work, which has attempted to perform a genealogy of present norms regarding the body and social relations.
PhD, York University (1993)
Entertaining Crisis in the Atlantic Imperium, 1770-1790 (Baltimore: The Hopkins University Press, 2011).
Staging Governance: Theatrical Imperialism in London, 1770-1800. (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005).
Co-editor with Teresa Heffernan, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, The Turkish Embassy Letters (Peterboroough: Broadview, forthcoming 2012).
Editor, Lady Elizabeth Craven, A Journey Through the Crimea to Constantinople (London: Gorgias Press, 2010).
Editor, The Travels of Mirza Abu Taleb Khan. (Peterborough: Broadview Press, 2009)
Co-editor with Jane Moody, The Cambridge Companion to British Theatre 1737-1837 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)
2. Chapters in Books
“Scarcity and Surplus : Teaching Elizabeth Inchbald’s Every One Has His Fault Through the Papers. Teaching British Women Playwrights of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century ed. Catherine Burroughs and Bonnie Nelson (New York: MLA, 2010), 398-408.
“Jane Austen and Performance: Theatre, Memory and Enculturation” Blackwell Companion to Jane Austen ed. Claudia Johnson and Clara Tuite (London: Blackwell, 2009)
“Fox’s Tears: The Staging of Liquid Politics” Spheres of Action: The Concept of Performance in Romantic Thought ed. Angela Esterhammer and Alex J. Dick (University of Toronto Press, forthcoming November 2008)
“Theatre and Empire”, The Cambridge Companion to British Theatre 1737-1837 ed. Jane Moody and Daniel O’Quinn (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)
"Torrents and Flames: Battling Hindu Superstition on the London Stage” in Romantic India ed. Michael J. Franklin (London: Routledge, 2006)
3. Papers in refereed journals
“Diversionary Tactics and Coercive Acts: John Burgoyne’s Fête Champêtre.” Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 40 (2010): 1-23.