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Visiting Assistant Prof

University of Central Oklahoma


John Ellis-Etchison, Ph.D., is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of English. Before joining UCO, he served on the faculty for the Program in Writing and Communication at Rice University.

Ellis-Etchison earned his Ph.D. in English literature from Rice University, where his dissertation focused on early modern drama and critical animal studies. Through the university’s Humanities Research Center, he was a graduate fellow for a two-year Andrew W. Mellon Research Seminar on “Before and After Queer.” Ellis-Etchison also holds an M.A. in Folklore studies from the University of Louisiana.

Ellis-Etchison’s teaching interests and experience include skills and content-based multimodal developmental composition and first-year writing seminars as well as thematic courses in science fiction and horror, global literatures in English and Shakespeare on film.

His most recent scholarly publication is an analysis of the ways early modern writers figure political corruption in terms of monstrosity, using Shakespeare’s Richard III and Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi as case studies. This piece is included in Holy Monsters, Sacred Grotesques: Monstrosity and Religion in Europe and the United States (Lexington 2018). Additionally, Ellis-Etchison has published an entry on “Courtly Love” in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies (Blackwell 2015) and a review of Asa Mittman and Peter J. Dendle’s The Ashgate Research Companion to Monsters and the Monstrous in Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural (2014).

Ellis-Etchison has also published research in medieval studies as well as folklore and fairy tale studies. His essay on race and chivalry in Malory’s Morte D’Arthur is featured in North and South: Essays on Gender, Race and Region (Cambridge Scholars 2012), while his research on feminine embodiment in the Baba Yaga mythos cycles appears in Turning Points and Transformations: Essays on Language, Literature and Culture (Cambridge Scholars 2011).

Ellis-Etchison is currently working on an article-length examination of early modern antisemitic rhetorics of parasitism in Christopher Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta.

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