The flow phenomena around a rotating elliptic cylinder placed in a narrow channel is studied numerically. The walls of the channel act as a confinement that limits the flow in the transverse direction. The confinement ratio , nondimensional rotation rate , and the Reynolds number (Re) span across multiple values. A parametric study is done to identify the variations in drag-coefficient , lift-coefficient , and moment coefficient with changes in , and Re. Near-field and far-field vorticity contours are discussed in detail. fast Fourier transform (FFT) of the time-periodic lift signals are presented to understand the shedding-frequency characteristics. Furthermore, values are analyzed for possible cases of autorotation. It is observed that confinement acts to delay the shedding of vortices. However, a complete suppression is not obtained even for the maximum value of . This is likely because of the sharp flow separation at the edges of the cylinder, which tends to promote the formation of a vortex. Hovering vortices are observed for , and a special case is identified for which the hovering vortex never dissipates.