I was raised in Maine, and I worked as an actor in the Portland area after graduating high school. During my happy years learning the actor's trade and performing with a resident ensemble company, I flirted with higher education at the University of Maine. Though I developed an affection for taking college courses, I was too busy working in the theater to worry about finishing them. When I moved to Seattle, however, I put my acting career on hold and restarted college with more purpose and determination.  In 2003 I graduated summa cum laude in English Literature from the University of Washington. By this time I had developed strong interests in Medieval and Renaissance literature, interests I then pursued in the doctoral program at Vanderbilt University. I added gender studies and film studies to my work in pre-modern literature at Vanderbilt. I received my PhD in English in the summer of 2009. After earning my degree, I lectured for a year in Vanderbilt's English Department as well as its Women's and Gender Studies program. I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Rhodes College for a year, then I took up a post as Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2011. 
Ghost Complaint:
Historiography, Gender, and the Return of the Dead in Elizabethan Literature
I read Elizabethan ghost complaint poetry as a locus for understanding the era's persistent desire to speak with, for, and as the dead. In accounting for the rise to popularity of this now neglected poetic form, I employ and advance theories of haunting and temporality as articulated in modern as well as early modern philosophy, historiography, and gender theory. My study of ghost complaint poems revises our understanding of how early modern poets and dramatists appropriate historiographic discourses and deploy gendered voices.  



EDITION: Damon and Pythias (1571), by Richard Edwards. In progress, under contract with Digital Renaissance Editions. 

Donald Jellerson with Nick Hutchison, "'I do care for something': Twelfth Night's Feste and the Performance of Character." Shakespeare Bulletin 32.2 (2014): 185-206.

Donald Jellerson with Nathan Anderson, "Gender and Ideology in His Girl Friday," The Cine-Files 5 (2013). http://www.thecine-files.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/HisGirlFriday_formattedDOC.pdf

REPRINT: “The Spectral Historiopoetics of The Mirror for Magistrates.” Literature Criticism 1400-1800, Volume 209. Gale Cengage, 2012. 88-97.


“Haunted History and the Birth of the Republic in Middleton’s Ghost of Lucrece.” Criticism 53.1 (2011): 53–82.


“Hysteria and the Camera in Max Ophuls’ Letter From an Unknown Woman.” Quarterly Review of Film and Video 28.1 (2011): 13–27.


“Tears and Violence in Titus Andronicus.” On the Verge of Tears: Why the Movies, Television, Music, Art, Popular Culture, Literature, and the Real World Make Us Cry. Ed. Michele Byers and David Lavery. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010. 171–184.


“The Spectral Historiopoetics of The Mirror for Magistrates.” Journal of the Northern Renaissance 2.1 (Spring 2010): 54–71. http://www.northernrenaissance.org/the-spectral-historiopoetics-of-the-mirror-for-magistrates/



Donald Jellerson

University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
Department of Languages and Literatures, 3217 Laurentide


(615) 715-4412