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Fiona Ritchie

Associate Professor
Fiona Ritchie
On leave 2014-2015
514-398-4400 Ext 09995
Email Address: 
fiona [dot] ritchie [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Mailing Address: 

Department of English
853 Sherbrooke Street West
Arts Building
Montreal, QC H3A 0G5 CANADA

Degrees and Academic Title(s): 

B.A. Honours, M.A. (Durham), Ph.D. (King’s College London), Assistant Professor

General Research Areas: 
Drama and Theatre
Eighteenth Century
Teaching and Research Areas: 

Shakespeare, Restoration and eighteenth-century theatre; gender and theatre history

Taught previously at: 

King’s College London

Awards and Fellowships: 
  • FQRSC programme pour l’établissement de nouveau professeurs-chercheurs (2009-2012)
  • Chawton House Library fellowship (2010)
  • Lewis Walpole Library fellowship (2009)
  • Huntington Library fellowships (2005 and 2009)
  • Arts and Humanities Research Board Ph.D award (2002-2005)
    Selected Publications : 


    Shakespeare in the Eighteenth Century, ed. with Peter Sabor (Cambridge University Press, 2012).


     “Shakespeare”, Samuel Johnson in Context, ed. Jack Lynch (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) 343-51.

    “Shakespeare and the Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Stage”, The Edinburgh Companion to Shakespeare and the Arts, eds. Mark Thornton Burnett, Adrian Streete and Ramona Wray (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011) 274-91.

    “The Impact of the Shakespeare Ladies Club on John Rich’s Repertory in the 1737-38 Theatrical Season: Shakespeare Versus Pantomime?” ‘The Stage’s Glory’: John Rich (1692-1761), eds. Berta Joncus and Jeremy Barlow (Newark, DE: University of Delaware Press, 2011) 207-10.

    “‘Jilting Jades’?: Perceptions of Female Playgoers in the Restoration, 1660-1700”, From Theatre and Culture in Early Modern England, 1650-1737: From Leviathan to Licensing Act, ed. Catie Gill (Aldershot: Ashgate 2010) 131-44.

    The Artistic, Cultural, and Economic Power of the Actress in the Age of GarrickShakespeare in Stages: New Theatre Histories, eds. Christine Dymkowski and Christie Carson (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 107-23.

    “Women and Shakespeare in the Restoration and Eighteenth Century”, Literature Compass 5.6 (September 2008), 1154-69.

    “The Influence of the Female Audience on the Shakespeare Revival of 1736‐38: The Case of the Shakespeare Ladies Club”, Shakespeare and the Eighteenth Century, eds. Peter Sabor and Paul Yachnin (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), 57-69.

    “Shakespeare and the Eighteenth-Century Actress”, Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation 2.2 (2006).
    Read the article online.

    “Elizabeth Montagu: ‘Shakespear’s Poor Little Critick’?” Shakespeare Survey 58 (2005), 72-82.


    Celestine Woo, Romantic Actors and Bardolatry: Performing Shakespeare from Garrick to Kean (New York: Peter Lang, 2008), Early Theatre 14.1 (June 2011): 169-72.

    Matthew J. Kinservik, Sex, Scandal, and Celebrity in Late Eighteenth-Century England (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007) and Gillian Russell, Women, Sociability and Theatre in Georgian London (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), Theatre Survey 51.1 (May 2010): 151-54.

    Vanessa Cunningham, Shakespeare and Garrick (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), Comparative Drama 43.3 (Fall 2009): 408-12.

    Nora Nachumi, Acting Like a Lady: British Women Novelists and the Eighteenth-Century Theater, AMS Studies in the Eighteenth Century 50 (New York, AMS Press, 2008), Times Literary Supplement, 22 May 2009.

    Eric Rasmussen and Aaron Santesso, eds., Comparative Excellence: New Essays on Shakespeare and Johnson, AMS Studies in the Eighteenth Century 52 (New York: AMS Press, 2007), Review of English Studies 59:238 (February 2008): 152-54.

    “The Big Life by Paul Sirett”, Borrowers and Lenders: The Journal of Shakespeare and Appropriation 1.2 (2005) Read the article online.


    Behind the Scenes: The Hidden Life of Georgian Theatre, 1737-1784 (Dr Johnson’s House, London, April – September 2007).

    Collaborative Research:

    FQRSC research-creation project Hypertext and Performance: A Resonant Response to Joanna Baillie’s Witchcraft (Principal Investigator Patrick Leroux, Concordia University)  (website)

    Current Research: 

    Project exploring actresses in regional theatre across Britain and Ireland in the long eighteenth century.

    Monograph on women’s responses to Shakespeare in the long eighteenth century.

    Research groups:

    • Shakespeare and Performance Research Team (website)
    • McGill Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies Representation, Performance, Culture research axis (website)