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EIU Department of English


Christopher M. Wixson, Professor of English, Affiliate Professor of Theatre

Office: 3771 - Coleman Hall
Phone: 217-581-2428

Fall 2022 Office Hours (held in DFAC 1351): TR 8:30-10:30 AM, W 12-1, and by virtual appointment 

Christopher Wixson teaches advanced courses in Modernism and Early Modern/modern/contemporary drama, script analysis and playwriting, and general education courses in writing and literature. His writing has appeared (in most cases, more than once) in Modern Drama, Studies in English Literature, the Journal of Modern Literature, Comparative Drama, ELT, The Irish Times, Notes on Contemporary Literature, Pamphlet, The Harold Pinter Review, SHAW, American Drama, and The Columbia Encyclopedia of Modern Drama. He is the author of Bernard Shaw and Modern Advertising: Prophet Motives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018) and Bernard Shaw: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2020). Since 2017, he has served as General Editor of SHAW: The Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies, a bi-annual scholarly journal published through Penn State University Press. Currently, he is at work on a book about Shaw, Noël Coward, and St. John Hankin, and his adaptation of Shaw's last full-length play Buoyant Billions received its first reading at the International Shaw Society Symposium in July 2020. An affiliate faculty member in the department of Theatre, Dr. Wixson often serves as production dramaturg, most recently for Seminar, Next to Normal, Dancing at Lughnasa, The Mountaintop, A Bright New Boise, and Circle Mirror Transformation. He has staged plays by Edward Albee, Samuel Beckett, Anton Chekhov, Christopher Durang, Sarah Kane, Harold Pinter, Sarah Ruhl, William Shakespeare, and John Webster. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Distinguished Honors Faculty Award. 


BA, Hamilton College
MA, Indiana University, Bloomington
PhD, Indiana University, Bloomington


Modern and contemporary British and American literature, especially drama. Shakespeare and his contemporaries.

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Department of English

600 Lincoln Ave.
Charleston, IL 61920
(217) 581-2428
Fax: (217) 581-7209

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