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Elliott Turley

Published October 9, 2019

Postdoctoral Scholar, Theatre Studies
School of Theatre
Curriculum Vitae (CV)


Elliott Turley is a postdoctoral scholar in the School of Theatre at Florida State University. His research is situated at the intersection of theatre and ethics, with a focus on tragedy and tragicomedy. His current book project, Bear and Grin It: Tragicomic Ethics on the Modern Stage, articulates the ethical vision of German classical tragedy at the turn of the 19th century and charts the subsequent development of a modern tragicomic ethics in the plays of Henrik Ibsen, Bertolt Brecht, Samuel Beckett, and Sarah Kane. Articles based on the project are forthcoming in the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism and MLQ. He has also published on the role of appetites in Brecht’s theatre in Modern Drama and is currently engaged in research on transformative adaptations by playwrights such as Suzan-Lori Parks.

Elliott teaches courses in Play Analysis and Tragedy at FSU, and has previously taught Twentieth-Century Drama, Drama in Performance, Literature and Film, World Literature, and rhetoric and composition courses at the University of Texas at Austin. He also has worked with theatre, literature, and pedagogy in a variety of communities, including teaching middle-school English and directing middle-school theatre, training new graduate student teaching assistants, teaching Shakespeare in the Travis County Correctional Complex, and serving as a dramaturg for Austin Shakespeare.


BA in English and History, Middlebury College, 2006

MA in English, Bread Loaf School of English, 2009

PhD in English, The University of Texas at Austin, 2018

Awards and Publications

“Modern Tragicomedy and the Philosophy of Waiting for Godot.” MLQ: A Journal of Literary History. (forthcoming Winter 2020)
“German Classicism and Tragedy’s Comic Play.” Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism (forthcoming Spring 2020).
Harry Ransom Center Dissertation Fellowship, 2017.
Mellon School for Theatre and Performance Research, “Performance. Pedagogy. Activism.” Summer Seminar Participant, 2017.
“Devour Him”: Appetites, Politics, and the Foundations of the Epic in Bertolt Brecht’s Edward II.” Modern Drama 59.4, 2016.
Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, Department of English, The University of Texas at Austin, 2013.