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Jonathan Gil Harris

Head of the Department, English and Professor of English, Ashoka University

Ph.D. University of Sussex

Jonathan Gil Harris is Professor of English at Ashoka University. He earned his Bachelors and Masters from Auckland University, and completed his DPhil from University of Sussex. Prior to coming to Ashoka, he was a Professor at George Washington University, where he taught since 2003. He has also held positions at Ithaca College, New York, and University of Auckland in New Zealand. 

Professor Harris’ research interests include Shakespeare, including Indian adaptations,

Early Modern English Theatre, Travel Literature in the Age of Colonialism, Early Modern English Writing about India, Medieval and Early Modern Silk Road Cultures, and Global Jewish History. 

Professor Harris is currently working on a book project titled Secrets of My Mother’s Tea Chest: The Jewish Silk Road from Europe to India and China (forthcoming, 2021). 

Publications 

  • Foreign Bodies and the Body Politic: Discourses of Social Pathology in Early Modern England (Cambridge University Press, 1998; second edition, 2006)
  • Sick Economies: Drama, Mercantilism and Disease in Shakespeare’s England (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004)
  • Untimely Matter in the Time of Shakespeare (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2008; named by Choice Magazine as Outstanding Academic Work of 2009)
  • Shakespeare and Literary Theory (Oxford University Press, 2010; second edition, 2012)
  • Surviving Hamlet: Special Issue of Shakespeare Quarterly (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011)
  • Marvellous Repossessions: The Tempest, Globalization, and the Dream of Repossession (Ronsdale, 2012)
  • The First Firangis: Remarkable Stories of Heroes, Healers, Charlatans, Courtesans, and Other Foreigners Who Became Indian (Aleph, 2015)
  • Masala Shakespeare: How A Firangi Writer Became Indian (Aleph, 2018)

Edited Works 

  • Staged Properties in Early Modern English Drama, co-edited with Natasha Korda (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
  • Thomas Dekker, The Shoemaker’s Holiday: A Critical Edition (Methuen, 2009)
  • Placing Michael Neill: Questions of Place and Space in Early Modern Culture (Ashgate, 2013)
  • Indography: Writing the “Indian” in Early Modern Europe (Palgrave, 2013)
  • Literature and the World
  • Forms of Literature
  • Early British Literature
  • Masala Shakespeare
  • Spectres of Hamlet
  • Graduate English Proseminar
  • Staging the Orient
  • AD White Fellowship, Cornell University, 1995
  • NEH Award, Folger Shakespeare Library, 2008 
  • Associate Editor, Shakespeare Quarterly, 2005-13
  • Trustee, Shakespeare Association of America, 2010-13
  • President, Shakespeare Society of India, 2014-18
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