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Gavin Hollis

Associate professor Department of English Language and Literature Hunter College, CUNY Specializing in Shakespeare, Renaissance Drama, and Early Modern Literature and Culture

Gavin Hollis is an associate professor at Hunter College CUNY specializing in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama. He received his PhD in English Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Originally from Great Britain, he also holds degrees from Cambridge University and the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. 

His book, The Absence of America: the London Stage 1576-1642 is published by Oxford University Press and is the inaugural publication in the Early Modern Literary Geographies series, edited by Julie Sanders and Garrett Sullivan. He has published on Shakespeare and cartography, Encounter narratives in British North America, and the dramatic trope of European males dressing up as Indians.

At Hunter, Professor Hollis teaches ENGL 350 (Renaissance Drama), ENGL 352 (Shakespeare Survey), and ENGL 715 (Shakespeare - Graduate course, topic vary). He has also taught ENGL 494 (Honors Seminar), ENGL 355 (Topics in Shakespeare), and in the Thomas Hunter Honors Program (HONS 301).

He is the chair of the English Department's Undergraduate Course of Study Committee and an Undergraduate Advisor. He also sits on the DIG advisory board and on the Senate Undergraduate Course of Study Committee.

Outside Hunter, he is the review editor (New York region) for Internet Shakespeare Editions:


The Absence of America: the London Stage 1576-1642. Oxford University Press for the Early Modern Literary Geographies series. 

“Shakespeare, Maps, and Map Literacy.” Commissioned for The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare (print and on-line), edited by Bruce R. Smith and Ton Hoenselaars (Cambridge University Press, 2014; online 2016).

“Enter Orlando with a scarf before his face”: Indians, Moors, and the Properties of Racial Transformation in Robert Greene’s The Historie of Orlando Furioso.” Indography: Writing the ‘Indian’ in Early Modern England, edited by Jonathan Gil Harris (New York: Palgrave MacMillian, for the “Signs of Race” series, 2012), 183–195.

“‘He would not goe naked like the Indians, but cloathed just as one of our selves’: Disguise and “the Naked Indian” in Massinger’s The City Madam,” Renaissance Drama new series 39 (Winter 2011), 129–162.

“The Other Side of the Map? The Cartographic Encounters of John Lederer,” Early American Cartographies, edited by Martin Brückner (Chapel Hill: Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture by University of North Carolina Press, 2011), 145–16.

“‘Give me the map there’: King Lear and Cartographic Literacy in Early Modern England,” The Portolan 68 (Spring 2007), 8–25. Winner of Walter W. Ristow Prize 2006.


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