Sharon Kinoshita

TitleProfessor of Literature,
Co-director, UCSC Center for Mediterranean Studies,
Co-director, UC Multicampus Research Project in Mediterranean Studies
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentLiterature Department
Phone831-459-2395 (Office),
831-459-1924 (Message)
Web Site
The Mediterranean Seminar
UC Mediterranean Studies Multicampus Research Project (MRP)
OfficeHumanities 1 632
Office HoursSpring 2014 by appointment (
Campus Mail StopHumanities Academic Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
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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. With Brian Catlos (Religious Studies, Colorado-Boulder and History, UCSC), I co-direct the UCSC Center for Mediterranean Studies as well as the University of California Multicampus Research Project Initiative in Mediterranean Studies ( 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 recently co-authored books on Chretien de Troyes and Marie de France. I am currently working on a translation of and monograph on Marco Polo.

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


Medieval Boundaries: Rethinking Difference in Old French Literature. Philadelphia: U of Pennsylvania Press, 2006. Honorable Mention, MLA Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for French and Francophone Studies.

Co-author, with Virginie Greene, Sarah Kay, Peggy McCracken, and Zrinka Stahuljak. Thinking Through Chrétien de Troyes. Gallica. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2011.

Co-author, with Peggy McCracken. Marie de France: A Critical Companion. Gallica. Woodbridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2012.

Co-editor, with Peregrine Horden. A Companion to Mediterranean History. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.


“Reorientations: The Worlding of Marco Polo.” In Cosmopolitanism and the Middle Ages. Ed. John Ganim and Shayne Legassie. The New Middle Ages. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. Pp. 39-57.

“Beyond Philology: Cross-Cultural Engagement and the Literary History of Romance.” In A Sea of Languages: Rethinking the Arabic Role in Medieal Literary History. Ed. Suzanne Conklin Akbari and Karla Mallette. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2013.

“Animals and the Medieval Culture of Empire.” In Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Ethics and Objects, ed. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen. Washington, DC: Oliphaunt Books, 2012. Pp. 37-65.

“Translatio/n, Empire, and the Worlding of Medieval Literature: The Travels of Kalila wa Dimna.” Postcolonial Studies 11:4 (2008): 371-85.

“Chrétien de Troyes’s Cligés in the Medieval Mediterranean.” Special Issue, Chrétien de Troyes’s Cligés. Ed. Norris Lacy. Arthuriana 18.3 (2008): 48-61.

“Ports of Call: Boccaccio’s Alatiel in the Medieval Mediterranean.” Special Issue, “Mapping the Mediterranean.” Ed. Valeria Finucci. Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 37:1 (2007): 163-95. Co-authored with Jason Jacobs.

“Crusades and Identity.” Cambridge History of French Literature. Ed. William Burgwinkle, Nicholas Hammond, and Emma Wilson. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2011. Pp. 93-101.

“Re-Viewing the Eastern Mediterranean.” postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 2:3 (2011): 369-85.

“Worlding Medieval French Literature.” French Global: A New Approach to Literary History. Ed. Susan Suleiman and Christie McDonald. New York: Columbia UP, 2010. Pp. 3-20.

“Marco Polo’s Le Devisement dou Monde and the Tributary East.” Marco Polo and the Encounter of East and West. Ed. Suzanne Conklin Akbari and Amilcare A. Iannucci. Toronto: U of Toronto Press, 2008. Pp. 60-86.

“‘Noi siamo mercatanti cipriani’: How To Do Things in the Medieval Mediterranean.” In The Age of Philippe de Mézières: Fourteenth-Century Piety and Politics between France, Venice, and Cyprus. Ed. Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski and Kiril Petkov. The Medieval Mediterranean. Leiden: Brill, 2011. Pp. 41-60.

“What’s Up in French Medieval Studies?” Editor’s Introduction to the special issue, “New Directions in French Medieval Studies.” Australian Journal of French Studies 46:3 (2009): 169-77

“Medieval Mediterranean Literature.” Forum on Theories and Methodologies in Medieval Literary Studies. PMLA 124:2 (2009): 600-08.

“Deprovincializing the Middle Ages.” The Worlding Project: Doing Cultural Studies in the Era of Globalization. Ed. Rob Wilson and Christopher Leigh Connery. Santa Cruz: New Pacific Press, 2007. Pp. 61-75.

“Almería Silk and the French Feudal Imaginary: Towards a 'Material' History of the Medieval Mediterranean.” Medieval Fabrications: Dress, Textiles, Clothwork, and Other Cultural Imaginings. Ed. E. Jane Burns. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004. Pp. 165-76.

Courses Taught

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