Jim Ellis


English Department Profile  |  jellis@ucalgary.ca

My current research is a SSHRC-funded project that looks at the performance of space in early modern England: “Gardens, Space and Movement in The Faerie Queene.” The project is particularly concerned in the interaction between real and fictional places, and the creation of social memory. The study looks at events such as the Kenilworth Revels (1575) and the parades of bow-shooting fraternities in the 1580s, leading up to a consideration of the function of space in Edmund Spenser’s epic poem The Faerie Queene. Previous research has looked at the construction of political and sexual subjectivity in early modern Ovidian poetry (Sexuality and Citizenship: Metamorphosis in Elizabethan Erotic Verse). I have also written extensively on filmic adaptations of early modern texts. For a more detailed list of publications, please consult my departmental profile.

I regularly teach graduate courses on early modern poetry, most recently on Spenser’s Faerie Queene and theories of space. I have supervised masters theses and doctoral dissertations on topics including sexuality and class in revenge tragedies, Edmund Spenser and plantation, eucharistic tropes in Richard Crashaw’s poetry and the social impact of sugar in early modern England. I am currently supervising a master’s thesis on gender and space in Mary Wroth’s Urania.

Past and Current Supervisions

  • The Rhetoric of Objects in Early Modern Culture. (PhD)
  • The Architect: Spaces of Genre in Lady Mary Wroth’s The Countess of Montgomeries Urania. (MA)
  • Breaking the Land: Genres of Planting in The Faerie Queene. (MA)
  • Eucharistic Tropes in the Poetry of Richard Crashaw. (MA)
  • The Child in Crisis: The Ramifications of the Adolescent Voice in Three War Narratives. (MA)
  • Incest and Class in Jacobean Revenge Tragedy.  (MA)

Graduate Courses Taught

  • The Faerie Queene
  • Sexuality and Citizenship in the Heritage Film
  • Reading the Elizabethan Epyllion
  • Nation, Narration and Subjectivity in Three Elizabethan Works