Dr. Joel Slotkin

Associate Professor


Contact Information

LA 5356


PhD, English, UC Berkeley, 2003.
BA, English, Yale University, 1994.

Areas of Expertise

16th and 17th century English literature and drama



Joel Slotkin teaches Shakespeare and early modern English literature. His current book project is entitled Sinister Aesthetics: The Appeal of Evil in Early Modern English Literature. He has published articles on the aesthetics of evil in Shakespeare and Milton, on representations of Islam in early modern English drama, and on 20th-century works by William Gibson and Carlos Bulosan.  


"'Seeke out another Godhead': Religious Epistemology and Representations of Islam in Tamburlaine." Modern Philology 111.3 (February 2014): 408-436.  

"Haunted Infocosms and Prosthetic Gods: Gibsonian Cyberspace and Renaissance Arts of Memory." The Journal of Popular Culture 45.4 (August 2012): 862-882.  

"'Now will I be a Turke': Performing Ottoman Identity in Thomas Goffe's The Courageous Turk." Early Theatre 12.2 (December 2009): 222-235. Revised for Early Modern England and Islamic Worlds, ed. Linda McJannet and Bernadette Andrea (NY: Palgrave, 2011): 159-171.  

"Honeyed Toads: Sinister Aesthetics in Shakespeare's Richard III." Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 7.1 (Spring/Summer 2007): 5-32.  

"Poetic Justice: Divine Punishment and Augustinian Chiaroscuro in Paradise Lost." Milton Quarterly 38.2 (May 2004): 100-127.  

"Igorots and Indians: Racial Hierarchies and Conceptions of the Savage in Carlos Bulosan's Fiction of the Philippines." American Literature 72.4 (December 2000): 843-866.  


Advisory Board, Early Modern Studies Journal, 2009-present

Advisory Board, The Shakespeare Factory, 2011-present

English Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Fall 2007-present (Chair, Spring 2012-Spring 2013)

Faculty Advisor, Sigma Tau Delta, 2015-present (Lambda Iota Tau, 2012-2015)

University Senate, 2009-2015 (Senate Nominating Committee, 2010-12)

English Faculty Search Committee, 2011-2012, 2012-2013

English Department Workload Committee, 2008-2011

English Undergraduate Steering Committee, 2007-2009, 2010-2011

AAUP Tenure-Track Faculty Committee, 2007-2012

President's Leadership Institute, 2009-2010

Courses Fall 2018

  • ENGL 300 Methods and Research
  • ENGL 427 Shakespearean Comedies