Christopher Matusiak

Christopher Matusiak

Associate Professor, Department of English
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences
Faculty, Classical Studies
Faculty, Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Specialty:Shakespeare, Early English Theater History, Renaissance Literature
Phone:(607) 274-7371
Office:326 Muller Center
Ithaca, NY 14850


Christopher Matusiak received his Ph.D from the University of Toronto in 2009 before joining Ithaca College's English faculty in 2010.  He teaches courses on Shakespeare and his early modern contemporaries.


Christopher's current research is focused on the persistence of theatrical activity during the English Civil Wars and Interregnum, an eighteen-year period (1642-60) when public performances were ostensibly prohibited by parliamentary ordinances.

Other ongoing interests include early theatrical management, editing early English drama, and the study of lost plays.

Recent Courses

ENGL-373, "All is Not Sweet": Jonson, Middleton, Webster (Spring '17)

ENGL-219, Shakespearean Tragedy (Spring '17)

ENGL-219, Shakespeare and the Theatre of the World (Fall '16)   

ENGL-373, Tragedy after Marlowe (Spring '16) 

ICSM-10512, Shakespeare in America (Fall '16)

HNRS-2300, Slow Read: Hamlet (Fall '13)

ENGL-331, The Erotic Renaissance (Fall '13)

ENGL-331, English Renaissance Beasts (Spring '12)


Recent Publications


“Marlowe and Theater History,” Christopher Marlowe at 450, eds. Sara Munson Deats and Robert A. Logan. Farnham, Surrey: Ashgate, 2015. 281-308.


“Lost Stage Friars and their Narratives,” in Lost Plays in Shakespeare’s England, eds. David McInnis and Matthew Steggle. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 208-228. 


"Elizabeth Beeston, Sir Lewis Kirke, and the Cockpit's Management during the English Civil Wars."  Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 27 (2014): 161-191.


Entries for "Bendo and Richardo," “Doctor Lambe and the Witches,” "Friar Fox and Gillian of Brentford," “Friar Rush and the Proud Woman of Antwerp,”  "Marquis D'Ancre," “The Whore New Vamped,”  and "Zenobia" in The Lost Plays Database, eds. Roslyn L. Knutson and David McInnis. 2010-2012.


“Christopher Beeston and the Caroline Office of Theatrical ‘Governor’.” Early Theatre 11.2 (2008): 39-56

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