Faculty Directory

Sharon Kinoshita
  • Title
    • Professor of Literature
    • Co-director, UCSC Center for Mediterranean Studies
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Literature Department
  • Phone
    831-459-2395 (Office)
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Humanities & Social Sciences Building, 632
  • Office Hours Winter 2019 M 2-3, T 10:00-11:00, and by appointment
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064
  • Courses Medieval French Literature: Courtly Love and Feudal Society, Medieval French Literature: Cultural Contact and Crusades, Medieval Mediterranean Literature, The Worlding of Marco Polo, Introduction to Mediterranean Studies

Summary of Expertise

Old French literature (12-13th century epic and romance), medieval Mediterranean Studies, medieval comparative literature; postcolonial theory. The Global Middle Ages, Marco Polo.

Research Interests

Intercultural relations in 12th- and 13th-century literature; Mediterranean studies; globalism; postcolonial theory; world literature and cultural studies

Biography, Education and Training

My current work is primarily focused in Medieval Mediterranean Studies and the Global Middle Ages. With Brian Catlos (Religious Studies, Colorado-Boulder and Humanities, UCSC), I have co-directed several projects in Mediterranean Studies, including a five-year University of California Multicampus Research Project Initiative (2010-2015, http://mediterraneanseminar.org) and four National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institutes. My own work in this area includes two book manuscripts in progress. Paying Tribute: Old French Literature and The Medieval Culture of Empire studies vernacular French representations of and interactions with an imperial culture, distinct from that of post-Carolingian Europe, shared by Latin Christian, Byzantine, and Muslim courts. Medieval Mediterranean Literature explores new approaches to canonical and non-canonical medieval texts in the historical context of the high and late medieval Mediterranean, c. 1100-1400. In the field of Old French Literature, I have co-authored books on Chretien de Troyes and Marie de France. In 2016, I published a new translation of Marco Polo's Description of the World and am currently working on a companion volume tentative entitled "Marco Polo and the Global Middle Ages."

Honors, Awards and Grants

-UC President's Fellowship (2012-2013)
-Networks and Knowledge in the Medieval Muslim-Christian-Jewish Mediterranean, NEH Summer Institute, Barcelona, 2012 (co-director)
-Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Humanities Center (Spring 2011)
-Mediterranean Studies UC Multicampus Research Project, 2010-2015 (co-director)
-Cultural Hybridities in the Medieval Mediterranean, NEH Summer Institute, Barcelona, 2010 (co-director)
-The Medieval Mediterranean & the Emergence of the West, NEH Summer Institute, Barcelona, 2008 (co-director)
-The Medieval Mediterranean, UCHRI (Irvine) Residential Fellowship, Fall 2007 (co-director)
-Residential Fellowship, Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France (Fall 2006)

Selected Publications