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Jessica Apolloni

Department of English

Jessica Apolloni

Associate Professor

McMurran Hall 201J
(757) 594-8713


  • BA in English Literature, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
  • Ph D in English, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities


Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature
Literary Foundations (Ancient through 17th century)
Law, Literature, and Social Justice
Women and Gender Studies


Law, Literature, and Criminology
Comparative Literature
Early Modern Globalization


Dr. Apolloni has degrees in English Literature, Global Studies, and Italian from the University of Minnesota. In addition to her interests in comparative literature and globalization, Dr. Apolloni researches connections between literary texts and conceptions of law, authority, and justice. She is currently at work on her first book manuscript, "Violent Ends: Shakespeare and Comparative Law," which establishes the significant impact of literature in the comparative origins of current legal principles.

Apolloni's work has been supported by grants from Fulbright and the Mellon Foundation and her scholarship has appeared in or is forthcoming from Shakespeare Bulletin, Studies in Philology, LCH, and Forum Italicum, among others, as well as several edited collections.

Selected Accomplishments

  • Faculty Excellence Award in Interdisciplinarity, Christopher Newport University. (2022)
  • Excellence in Teaching Student Writing Award, CNU Office of the Provost. (2022)
  • Kara Keeling Book Award for Excellence in Teaching, Sigma Tau Delta. (2020)
  • Class of 2013 Faculty Development Award for Mentoring and Service, CNU Office of the Provost. (2020)
  • Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
    (2023). "Playing with Poison: Murder, Proof, and Confession in Early Modern Revenge". Manchester University Press.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2022). 'A Night of Errors:’ Chaos, Comedy, and Comparative Law at the Inns of Court. Law, Culture and the Humanities.
  • Book Review
    (2021). Review of Bernadette Meyler. Theaters of Pardoning. Cornell University Press, 2019.. Renaissance Quarterly, Cambridge University Press. Volume, 74. Issue, 2. Pages, 705-706.
  • Book Review
    (2021). Review of Stephanie Elsky. Custom, Common Law, and the Constitution of English Renaissance Literature, Oxford University Press, 2020. Symbolism: An International Annual of Critical Aesthetics. Volume, 21. Pages, 257-261.
  • Book Review
    (2020). Review of Virginia Lee Strain. Legal Reform in English Renaissance Literature.. Shakespeare Studies. Volume, 48. Pages, 287-91.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2019). "Law and Literature in Comparative Perspectives: Tracing Shylock's Case from Italian novelle to American courtrooms. Forum Italicum. Volume, 53. Issue, 2. Pages, 349-362.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2018). "Street Crime, Communal Justice, and the Spectacle of Law in London's Popular Pamphlets". Journal for the Study of British Cultures. Volume, 25. Issue, 2. Pages, 170-185.
  • Book Review
    (2018). Review of Derek Dunne. Shakespeare, Revenge Tragedy and Early Modern Law: Vindictive Justice. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Early Theatre. Volume, 21. Issue, 1. Pages, 177-180.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2018). "'Ravisht Justice'": Transnational Law and Disorder in the Works of John Webster". ANQ: Special Issue on John Webster’s Theater of (Dis)obedience and Damnation. Volume, 31. Issue, 3. Pages, 168-175.
  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    (2017). Local Communities and Central Power in Shakespeare’s Transnational Law. Studies in Philology. Volume, 114. Pages, 124-147.
  • Jessica Apolloni, "Faculty Development Grant for Research at the Huntington Library,"
  • Jessica Apolloni, "Academy for the Advanced Study of the Renaissance Fellowship," Sponsored by Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • Jessica Apolloni, "Fulbright Fellowship (Italy),"
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