Melissa D. Aaron's Home Page

Melissa D. Aaron
Department of English and Foreign Languages
California Polytechnic State University at Pomona


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I am an Associate Professor of English. My specialties include Shakespeare, masques, and the history of the theater business in the Early Modern era, especially women in the theater business.

This page serves several functions:

NEWS! My new book, Global Economics: A History of the Theater Business, the Chamberlain/King's Men, and their plays, 1599-1642, has been published by University of Delaware Press. Click on the link above for a bit more information about the book. You can order it directly from AUP, or follow the link to

A bit about my background:

I was educated at Sarah Lawrence College, Cambridge University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before coming to Cal Poly Pomona, I worked as a Lecturer at the University of Michigan.
Those of you who like such things may read my c.v. here.

The menu on the left shows what the site contains; however, I've also provided a brief explanation.

If you are one of my students, you will want to click here for links to my courses web page. On this page, you'll find links to whatever course you're taking; those individual course pages provide syllabi, links to discussion boards, and everything you'll need. Also on the course page is my grading policy and other useful administrivia.
My Shakespeare page is for students and anyone who wishes to know more about Shakespeare. Here you will find links to Shakespeare sites, to theater companies, and a picture of the Bard himself.

The Resources page contains non-Shakespearean resources; writing resources, links on Medieval and Renaissance literature, and on non-Shakespearean drama.

The personal page contains a photo or two of me, my mom, and one of my cats (I am, after all, human).

The professional page contains links to my updated curriculum vita and to my current research on women in the Early Modern Theater business.


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The views expressed in this site are entirely my own and are not to be confused with those of Cal Poly Pomona, the CSU system, the International Shakespeare Congress, or of higher academe in general.

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Last Modified Wednesday, April 5, 2006 .