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About Anthony Ellis (1967-2014)

Anthony Ellis received his Ph.D. in English literature from Loyola University Chicago in 2003. At Western Michigan University, he teaches Shakespeare and other courses in the English Renaissance and the history of drama. His research focuses on Anglo-Italian relations in the sixteenth and seventeenth century; he is also interested in representations of old age and the aging process in early modern drama. The author of Old Age, Masculinity, and Early Modern Drama: Comic Elders on the Italian and Shakespearean Stage (Ashgate, 2009), Dr. Ellis is now writing a companion volume that examines women and old age. He has co-edited, with Rachel Poulsen, the essay collection Shifting Borders, Negotiating Places: Cultural Studies and the Mutation(s) of Value (Bordighera, 2006). His articles on Renaissance drama have appeared in Forum Italicum, Studi veneziani, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, and Ben Jonson Journal. He serves as co-editor of the journal Comparative Drama, published in the WMU English Department. He has received a WMU FRACASF grant for his research in early Venetian drama (2006) and a Folger Shakespeare Library Maccioli Fellowship (2008).


Present Western Michigan University, Western Michigan University
Present Associate Professor, Department of English, Western Michigan University

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • WMU Support for Faculty Scholars Award (SFSA), 2010-11
  • WMU Support for Faculty Scholars Award (SFSA), 2008-09
  • Folger Shakespeare Library (Washington, D.C.) Short-term Mascioli Fellowship, 2008
  • WMU ASTRA Grant, 2008
  • WMU FRACASF Grant (Faculty Research and Creative Activities Support Fund), 2006
  • WMU ASTRA Grant, 2005
  • Loyola University Chicago Rome Ph.D. Fellow, 1999-2000
  • Loyola University Chicago Teaching Fellow, 1997-98


  • Shakespeare Comedy
  • Shakespeare Tragedy
  • English Renaissance Literature
  • Internship/Field Work: Editing and Scholarly Publication
  • Advanced Writing
  • Shakespeare Seminar
  • Studies in Drama
  • British Literature I
  • Shakespeare

Books (1)

Edited Collection (1)

Articles (5)

Book Chapters (2)

Reviews (5)