Sharon Kinoshita

TitleProfessor and Chair 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)
Web Site
The Mediterranean Seminar
UC Mediterranean Studies Multicampus Research Project (MRP)
OfficeHumanities 1 632
Office HoursFall 2015 T 11-1 and by appointment
Campus Mail StopHumanities Academic Services
Mail1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA
Sharon Kinoshita

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

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