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Daniel Gustafson

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Daniel Gustafson

Assistant Professor; Assistant Chair; Undergraduate Advisor

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Daniel Gustafson specializes in Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature and drama. His research focuses on drama, politics, and performance history across the long eighteenth century (1660-1832). He has published essays on Aphra Behn, Richard Steele, and London repertory theater practices, and he is currently finishing a book manuscript, Lothario’s Corpse, which explores the cultural durability of the Restoration libertine in developments in theater history and in the history of political subjectivity from the early eighteenth-century stage to the movements of theatrical and political reform in the 1830s. The courses that he regularly offers include Introduction to Literary Study (ENGL 25000), Representative Writers of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century, The Eighteenth-Century Novel, British Drama after Shakespeare, Modern and Contemporary Drama, Studies in Drama, Eighteenth-Century Adaptations, and Jane Austen.  


B.A., Kenyon College, 2003
Ph.D., Yale University, 2011



Lothario’s Corpse: The Afterlife of Restoration Drama, 1700-1832. In progress


“Tragedy.” The Encyclopedia of British Literature, 1660-1789, 3 vols., eds. Gary Day and Jack Lynch (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, 2015): 3:1241-50.

“The Rake’s Revival: Steele, Dennis, and the Early Eighteenth-Century Repertory.” Modern Philology 112.2 (Fall 2014): 358-80.

“Teaching Dryden’s Heroic Plays.” Co-authored with Elliott Visconsi. Approaches to Teaching the Works of John Dryden, eds. Jayne Lewis and Lisa Zunshine (New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2013): 98-103.

“Cultural Memory and the Royalist Political Aesthetic in Aphra Behn’s Later Works.” Restoration 36.2 (Fall 2012): 1-22.


Review of Elizabeth Maddock Dillon, New World Drama: The Performative Commons in the Atlantic World, 1649-1849. Eighteenth-Century Fiction 27.3-4 (Spring-Summer 2015): 744-47.

Review of Le Cid at the Storm Theatre in New York City. Restoration 37.1 (Spring 2013): 91-93.

Review of The London Merchant at the Storm Theatre in New York City. Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research 26.1-2 (Fall 2012): 73-76.

Review of Pilar Cuder-Dominguez, Stuart Women Playwrights, 1613-1713. Restoration 36.2 (Fall 2012): 67-69. 

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