John Ellis-Etchison’s research centers around notions of sovereignty during the early modern period, with a special focus on human/nonhuman animal relations in the sixteenth- and seventeenth-centuries. His dissertation explores the intersections between early modern drama, critical animal studies, and political theology, and demonstrates how renaissance writers and thinkers rely on a zoological vernacular to theorize an alternative configuration of sovereignty to the one espoused in the theory of the king’s two bodies. His dissertation draws on early modern historical, philosophical, and scientific texts to unpack dramatic representation of animalized, hybridized sovereignty and illustrate alternative mechanisms for political investment at work in the period.
Dissertation Title: A Sovereign Menagerie: Political Theology and the Animal Turn in Early Modern Drama
Renaissance drama, critical animal studies, and gender studies
M.A. Folklore Studies, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
B.A. Political Science, Oklahoma Baptist University
B.A. English, Oklahoma Baptist University