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About Tomas Elliott

Dr Tomas Elliott is Assistant Professor in English at Northeastern University London. His teaching specialisms include the history of theatre and film, European modernism, world literature, and film adaptation. Tomas read English and French Literature at Trinity College, Oxford, before completing a PhD in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania.



PhD Comparative Literature and Literary Theory (University of Pennsylvania)

MA Comparative Literature and Literary Theory (University of Pennsylvania)

BA English and French Literature (University of Oxford)

Tomas Elliott's Research

Tomas’ primary research areas are adaptation and transmedia studies. He has published articles on the adaptation of Shakespeare and the multimedia output of Agnès Varda. He is currently working on a monograph that traces the influence of Darwinian theories of evolution and biological adaptation on the idea of cultural evolution in twentieth-century literature and film. He also works as a translator, and he recently completed a co-translation of The Limit of the Useful by the French philosopher Georges Bataille.



Bataille, Georges. The Limit of the Useful, translated by Cory Knudson and Tomas Elliott, MIT Press (2023).



“Selfie-Portraits: Agnès Varda, JR, and the Politics of Sharing,” Frames Cinema Journal, no. 18 (2021),

“Shakespearean Seriality: The ‘Hollow Crown’, the ‘Wooden O’, and the ‘Circle in the Water’ of History,” Adaptation, vol. 12, no. 2 (August 2019), pp. 69–88,

Tomas Elliott's Teaching

Tomas has taught wide-ranging courses in English and Comparative Literature at universities in the UK and the US. At Northeastern University London, he has taught “British Drama and the London Stage,” “Cultures of London,” “Literature 1900 to the Present,” and “Shakespeare and His Afterlives.” Previously, he has taught courses including “The Apocalypse in Film and Literature,” “The History of Tragedy,” and “Narratives Across Cultures”.