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Joseph A. PorterJoseph A. Porter  
Professor Emeritus of English and Theater Studies

Office Location: 304J Allen Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone: (919) 684-3884
Email Address: japorter@duke.edu

Office Hours:

Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley

M.A., University of California at Berkeley

Fulbright Study, Pembroke College, Oxford

B.A., Harvard University

Renaissance/Early Modern Literature
Creative Writing
British Literature
Author of ten books and editor or co-editor of nine others, as well as the New Variorum Othello in progress, of which he is Editor-in-Chief, Joseph A. Porter aka Joe Ashby Porter studied at Harvard (BA, 1964), Pembroke College Oxford (Fulbright Fellowship, 64-65) and UC Berkeley (PhD, 1972). After teaching full time at U. VA. and part-time at three other institutions, in 1980 he came to Duke, where he is now Professor of English and of Theater Studies. He has served as Visiting Professor at the Université François Rabelais in Tours, France, and as Writer in Residence at Brown, and he has twice served as Instructor at the Sewanee Writers' Conference.

Shakespearean Joseph A. Porter's books are The Drama of Speech Acts and Shakespeare's Mercutio, his edited Critical Essays on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and his eight co-edited volumes of Renaissance Papers. His primary works in progress are the MLA New Variorum Othello, and Shakespearean Moorings, a cultural study of Othello. His awards include the NEH Folger Institute Fellowship.

Fiction writer Joe Ashby Porter's books are the novels Eelgrass, Resident Aliens, and The Near Future, and the collections The Kentucky Stories, Lithuania: Short Stories, Touch Wood: Short Stories, and All Aboard: Stories. His work in progress includes a collection of short stories, a novel, and a memoir. His awards include two NEA Creative Writing Fellowships, and a 2004 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Literature with the commendation "No writer of his gifted generation has shown greater daring or has earned higher praise."

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Porter, JA. "A Thread." Golden Handcuffs Review Ed. Rowan, L. II.23Golden Handcuffs Review Publications, (June, 2017): 65-69.
  2. O'Brien, S. "THEN AND NOW." Tls the Times Literary Supplement 5890 (February, 2016): 16-16. [Gateway.cgi]
  3. "Mercury." Stanford Global Shakespeare Encyclopedia. Ed. Patricia Parker. Stanford UP, forthcoming.
  4.  Touchez du bois: Nouvelles. Joelle Losfeld/Gallimard, forthcoming.
  5.  Review of Lena Cowen Orlin, ed. Othello: The State of Play.  Renaissance Quarterly (Fall, 2015).

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