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 P...
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.
Over the last four years he has edited 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 that will be published in October 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: Untimely Encounters in Ottoman Lands, explores the relationship diplomacy and artistic practice in order to offer new perspectives on the relationship between 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.