Dr. Joel Slotkin



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 book, Sinister Aesthetics: The Appeal of Evil in Early Modern English Literature (2017), examines the aesthetic appeal and religious significance of representations of evil in Shakespeare, Milton, and other works in the period. He has published articles on sinister aesthetics, on representations of Islam in early modern English drama, and on 20th-century works by Carlos Bulosan, William Gibson, and Ezra Pound.

Publications — Book:

Sinister Aesthetics: The Appeal of Evil in Early Modern English Literature. Palgrave, 2017.

Publications — Articles:

“A Taste for Slaughter: Stephen Gosson, Titus Andronicus, and the Appeal of Evil.” The Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy, ed. Craig Bourne and Emily Caddick Bourne, Routledge, expected Nov 2018.

“Humor and Authority in Ezra Pound’s Cantos.” Humor in Modern American Poetry, ed. Rachel Trousdale, Bloomsbury, 2017, pages 19-38.

“‘Seeke out another Godhead’: Religious Epistemology and Representations of Islam in Tamburlaine.” Modern Philology 111.3, February 2014, pages 408-436.

“Haunted Infocosms and Prosthetic Gods: Gibsonian Cyberspace and Renaissance Arts of Memory.” The Journal of Popular Culture 45.4, August 2012, pages 862-882.

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

“Honeyed Toads: Sinister Aesthetics in Shakespeare’s Richard III.” Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies 7.1, Spring/Summer 2007, pages 5-32.

“Poetic Justice: Divine Punishment and Augustinian Chiaroscuro in Paradise Lost.” Milton Quarterly 38.2, May 2004, pages 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, pages 843-866.

Publications — Other:

Book Review: Matthew Dimmock, Mythologies of the Prophet Muhammad in Early Modern English Culture. Modern Philology 112.4, May 2015, pages E298-E300.

Encyclopedia Entries: “Thomas Goffe,” “The raging Turke,” and “The couragious Turke.” In Christian-Muslim Relations: A Bibliographical History. Volume 8. Northern and Eastern Europe (1600-1700). Ed. David Thomas, John Chesworth, et al. Brill, 2016, pages 222-9.

Service — Professional:

Peer Reviewer, Orbis Litterarum, 2016

Advisory Board, Early Modern Studies Journal (formerly Early English Studies), 2009-present

Advisory Board, The Shakespeare Factory, 2011-2015

Service — Towson University:

Academic Senate, 2009-2015, 2016-19 (CLA representative, elected, 3-year terms)

        Constitution Draft Subcommittee, Fall 2017-present

        Senate Nominating Committee, 2010-12

Career Readiness Task Force, Senate representative, 2016-17

AAUP Tenure-Track Faculty Committee, 2007-2012

President’s Leadership Institute, 2009-2010

Service — English Department:

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Fall 2007-present

      Chair, Spring 2012-Spring 2013

      Secretary, 2007-8.

Search Committee, 2011-2012 (Modern British Literature), 2012-2013 (Early Modern Literature)

Faculty Advisor, Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society, 2015-fall 2017.

    Lambda Iota Tau Honor Society, 2012-2015

Workload Committee, 2008-2011

Undergraduate Steering Committee, 2007-2009, 2010-2011