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Daniel O'Quinn


Daniel O’Quinn is a Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. Professor O’Quinn’s work has been fundamentally involved with three related developments in the study of late 18th century culture.  His work on European relations with the Ottoman Empire, on British-India, and on various trans-Atlantic topics are part of the ongoing re-evaluation of British imperial culture.  His research on theatre and sociability are part of a full-scale attempt by a host of scholars to re-think performance cultures in Britain from 1750-1830.  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. 

He is most recently the author of Engaging the Ottoman Empire: Vexed Mediations, 1690-1815 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018).  His previous book, Entertaining Crisis in the Atlantic Imperium, 1770-1790 (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011), 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 three essay collections: The Cambridge Companion to British Theatre, 1730-1830 (2007) with Jane Moody; Georgian Theatre in an Information Age, a special double-issue of Eighteenth-Century Fiction, with Gillian Russell; and Sporting Cultures: 1650-1850 (University of Toronto Press, 2017) with Alexis Tadié.

His recent work on European-Ottoman relations arose from editorial work on three eighteenth-century travel narratives.  In addition to preparing The Travels 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).  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



PhD, York University (1993)







1. Books 

Engaging the Ottoman Empire: Vexed Mediations, 1690-1815 (Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018)

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).

Sporting Cultures: 1650-1850 with Alexis Tadié (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017).

Co-editor with Kristina Straub and Misty G. Anderson, The Routledge Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Performance (London: Routledge, 2019)

Co-editor with Kristina Straub and Misty G. Anderson, The Routledge Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama (London: Routedge, 2017)

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{C}

2017    “Knowledge Transmission”, in Mechele Leon, ed. Cultural History of the Theatre (London: Bloomsbury, 2017)

2017    “Funeral Games: Ludic Events, Imperial Violence, Authorial Encounters” in O’Quinn and Tadié, ed. Sporting Cultures, 1650-1850. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017)

2017    "Proxy Israelites: Staging Ethnic Violence in the Ring and the Pit," in Kevin Gilmartin, The Sociable Spaces of Romanticism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017).

2015    “Invalid Elegy and Gothic Pageantry: André, Seward and the Loss of the American War,” Tracing War in British Enlightenment and Romantic Culture ed. Neil Ramsey and Gillian Russell (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).

2014    “Stealing Culture in the Shadow of Revolutions,” British Romanticism: Criticism and Debates ed. Mark Canuel (New York: Routledge, 2014), 37-68.

2014    “Theatre, Islam and the Question of Monarchy,” In Julia Swindells and David Francis Taylor (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Georgian Theatre 1737-1832 (Oxford:  Oxford University Press, 2014) 638-654.

2014    “Facing Past and Future Empires: Joshua Reynolds’s Portraits of Augustus Keppel,” Culture of the Seven Years War ed. Frans De Bruyn and Shaun Regan (Toronto: Univ. of Toronto Press, 2014), 307-338.

2013    “Pizarro’s Spectacular Dialectics: Sheridan’s Bridge to the Cosmopolitical Future,”  Impresario: Richard Brinsley Sheridan in Political and Cultural Context ed. Jack de Rocchi and Daniel Ennis (Bucknell Univ. Press, 2013), 191-233.

2012    “In the Face of Difference: Molineaux, Cribb and the Violence of the Fancy,” Race, Romanticism, and the Atlantic ed. Paul Youngquist (London: Ashgate Press, 2014).

2010    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.

2009    “Jane Austen and Performance: Theatre, Memory and Enculturation” Blackwell Companion to Jane Austen ed. Claudia Johnson and Clara Tuite (London: Blackwell, 2009), 377-88.

2008    “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)

2006    Elizabeth Inchbald, Wives as They Were, Maids as They Are in British Women Playwrights around 1800 Ed. Thomas Crochunis and Michael Eberle-Sinatra.  Peterborough: Broadview Press, (forthcoming 2008)

2007    “Theatre and Empire”, The Cambridge Companion to British Theatre 1737-1837 ed. Jane Moody and Daniel O’Quinn (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007)

2006    "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

2018    “Sir Joshua Reynolds, Decolonization, and the Pictorial Dialectics of Crisis,” Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 58.3 (Summer 2018)

2017    “New Chronologies,” Eighteenth-Century Studies 50.3 (Spring 2017): 330-34.

2015    “Recent Studies in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century,” Studies in English Literature [SEL] 55.3 (Summer 2015): 669-726.

2015    “Anticipating Histories: Emotional Life at Covent Garden Theatre, February 1811,” Studies in Romanticism 54 (Summer 2015): 211-239.

2015    “The function of Cato at the Present Time,” Eighteenth-Century Fiction 27.3-4 (Summer 2015): 479-508.

2014    “Navigating Crisis in Sheridan’s The Rivals,” The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation 55.1 (Spring 2014), 115-20.

2012    Tears in Tehran/Laughter in London: James Morier, Mirza Abul Hassan and the Geo-        politics of Emotion, Eighteenth-Century Fiction 25.1 (Winter 2012): 85-114.

2010    “Diversionary Tactics and Coercive Acts: John Burgoyne’s  Fête Champêtre.Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture 40 (2010): 1-23.    

2010    “Of Extension and Durability: Romanticism’s Imperial Re-memberings”  Romantic Praxis (Summer 2010)

2007    “Bread: The Eruption and Interruption of Politics in Elizabeth Inchbald’s Every One Has His FaultEuropean Romantic Review

2006    “Projection, Patriotism, Surrogation: Handel in Calcutta” Romantic Praxis (Spring 2006)

2005    “The State of Things: Olaudah Equiano and the Volatile Politics of Heterocosmic Desire” Romantic Praxis (Fall 2005)

2005    “Romanticism and Sexual Vice: Introduction” for special issue of Ninteenth Century Contexts 27.1(March 2005): 1-9.

2004    “Ravishment Twice Weekly: De Quincey's Opera Pleasures” Romanticism on the Net Special issue: Opera and Nineteenth-Century Literature, ed. Nicholas Halmi, 34-35 (May-Auguest 2004)

2004    “Insurgent Allegories: Staging Venice Preserv’d, The Rivals and Speculation in 1795" Literature Compass 1 (2004), 1-30.

2003    “Whigs Unravelling: Hannah Cowley’s A Day in Turkey and the Political Efficacy of Charles James Fox“, European Romantic Review 14 (Fall 2003), 17-30.

2003    “Who Owns What: Slavery, Property and Eschatological Compensation in Thomas De Quincey’s Opium Writings” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 45.3 (Fall 2003), 362-92.

2002    “Mercantile Deformities: George Colman’s Inkle and Yarico and the Racialization of Class Relations” Theatre Journal 54.3 (October 2002), 389-409.


2000    “The Long Minuet as Danced at Coromandel: Character and the Colonial Translation of Class Anxiety in Mariana Starke’s The Sword of Peace in British Women Playwrights Around 1800 (Summer 2000) website.

2000    “Through Colonial Spectacles: the Irish Vizier and the Female-Knight in James Cobb’s Ramah Droog” in Romantic Praxis (Summer 2000) website.

2000    “Private Effects: Krzysztof Wodiczko and Leslie Scalapino circa 1988"  Documents 19 (Fall 2000), 42-55.

1999    "Scissors and Needles”: Inchbald's Wives as They Were, Maids as They Are and the Governance of Sexual Exchange"  Theatre Journal 51 (Summer 1999): 105-125.

1999    “Gardening, History and the Escape from Time: Derek Jarman's Modern NatureOctober 89 (Summer 1999): 113-26.

1999    "Murder, Hospitality, Philosophy: De Quincey and the Complicitous Grounds of National Identity" Studies in Romanticism 38 (Summer 1999): 135-170.

1999    “Elizabeth Inchbald’s The Massacre: Tragedy, Violence, and the Networks of Political Fantasy” British Women Playwrights around 1800 (Summer 1999): 1-5.

1998    “Inchbald's Indies: Domestic and Dramatic Re-Orientations" European Romantic Review. 9.2 (Spring 1998): 217-230.

1997    "Trembling: Wollstonecraft, Godwin and the Resistance to Literature," ELH 64 (1997): 761-788.

1997    "The Gog and The Magog of Hunnish Desolation: De Quincey, Kant and the Practice of Death," Nineteenth Century Contexts 20.1 (1997): 1-26.

1994    “The Evil Theatrocracy: De Quincey, Kant and the Normative Laws of Tragedy.” European Romantic Review. 5.1 (Summer 1994): 32-48.

1991    “‘Restore me with apples’: the Amatory Discourse of Lola Lemire Tostevin’s ’sophie.” Open Letter. 7.5 (Summer 1991): 37-51.

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