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Paul Edward Yachnin

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paul [dot] yachnin [at] mcgill [dot] ca

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

Faculty Members
Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies & Director of the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI)
Drama and Theatre
IPLAI 3610 McTavish, 2nd Floor – Rm 21-3 (NW corner Penfield / McTavish next to Thomson House)

B.A. (McGill); M.Litt. (Edinburgh); Ph.D. (Toronto), Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies
Director, Early Modern Conversions: Religions, Cultures, Cognitive Ecologies (SSHRC Partnership Program—earlymodernconversions.com)

Teaching areas: 

Early modern literature, especially Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton; Law and Literature; Animalities in History and Literature; Literary History; Early modern publics and public making; Institutional Politics of Literature; Forms of Conversion; Textual Editing

Taught previously at: 

University of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of British Columbia

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 


  • SSHRC Partnership Grant (2013-2018): “Early Modern Conversions: Religions, Cultures, Cognitive Ecologies”
  • SSHRC Major Collaborative Research Initiative Grant (2005-2010): “Making Publics: Media, Markets, and Association in Early Modern Europe”
  • FQRSC Programme de soutien aux équipes de recherché (2006-2010): “Language Incorporated: Culture Markets, Actors' Bodies, and Shakespeare's World of Words,” a project of the McGill Shakespeare and Performance Research Team
Selected publications: 



Shakespeare’s World of Words. Ed. Paul Yachnin. London, Arden Shakespeare, forthcoming 2014.

Forms of Association: Making Publics in Early Modern Europe. Ed. Paul Yachnin and Marlene Eberhart. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, forthcoming 2014.

Making Publics in Early Modern Europe: People, Things, Forms of Knowledge. Ed. Bronwen Wilson and Paul Yachnin. London and New York: Routledge, 2010; paperback 2011.

Shakespeare and Character: Theory, History, Performance, and Theatrical Persons. Ed. Paul Yachnin and Jessica Slights. London: Palgrave, 2009.

Shakespeare and the Cultures of Performance. Ed. Paul Yachnin and Patricia Badir. London: Ashgate, 2008.

Shakespeare and the Eighteenth Century. Ed. Peter Sabor and Paul Yachnin. London: Ashgate, 2008.

With Anthony Dawson. The Culture of Playgoing in Shakespeare’s England: A Collaborative Debate. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Stage-wrights: Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton and the Making of Theatrical Value. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997. xviii + 210.


Richard II.  Oxford Shakespeare; World’s Classics. Co-edited with Anthony Dawson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

The Tempest: An Edition. Broadview Press and Internet Shakespeare Editions. Co-edited with Brent Whitted. Online edition 2012; print edition, forthcoming 2014.

Chapters (selected)

“The Reformation of Space in Shakespeare’s Playhouse.” In Making Space Public in Early Modern Europe: Performance, Geography, Privacy. Ed. Angela Vanhaelen and Joseph P. Ward. London and New York: Routledge, 2013. 262-80.

“Playing with Space: Making a Public in Middleton’s Theatre.” In A Handbook of Middleton Studies. Ed. Gary Taylor and Trish Thomas Henley. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. 32-46.

“The Well-Hung Shrew.” Co-authored with Jennifer Shea. In Ecocritical Shakespeare. Ed. Lynne Bruckner and Dan Brayton. London: Ashgate Press, 2011. 105-22.

 “Shakespeare’s Public Animals.” In Humankinds: The Renaissance and its Anthropologies. Ed. Andreas Höfele and Stephan Laqué. Berlin, New York: De Gruyter, 2011. 185-98.

 “Hamlet and the Social Thing in Early Modern England.” In Making Publics in Early Modern Europe: People, Things, Forms of Knowledge. Ed. Bronwen Wilson and Paul Yachnin. London and New York: Routledge, 2010. 81-95.

“Shakespeare and the Spaces of Publicity.” Opinion publica y espacio urbano en la Edad Moderna. Ed. Carmen  Serrano Sanchez. Gijon: Ediciones Trea, 2010. 15-24.

Articles (selected)

“Rejoicing in the Law: The Performance of Authorship in A View from the Bridge.” Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 60.1 (2012): 77-89.

Lead author. “The Worth of the Humanities.” AmeriQuests 9: 1-2 (2012). http://ejournals.library.vanderbilt.edu/ojs/index.php/ameriquests/articl...

“Playing with Space in the Early Modern Theatre.” [Introduction to “Issues in Review” section, “Theatre and the Reformation of Space in Early Modern Europe,” including five essays that I solicited and edited] Early Theatre 15. 2 (2012): 147-53.

With Desmond Manderson. “Shakespeare and Judgment: The Renewal of Law and Literature.” The European Legacy, 15 (2010): 195–213.

“Performing Publicity.” Shakespeare Bulletin 28 (2010): 201-20.

“Printing Publics: Afterword.” Early Modern Culture 8 (2010): http://emc.eserver.org/


Creator and leader. “The Enchanted Island.” Workshop at C2-MTL. Montreal, May 22 2013. http://www.mcgill.ca/iplai/c2-mtl

Principal author and co-presenter, with Chip Chuipka (ASM Performing Arts), “MacDanger,” Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Feb 2012. Part of the IPLAI/Segal “Theatre and Danger” series.

Principal author and co-presenter. “William Shakespeare, Mechanical.” A presentation and performance with Paul Hopkins (Repercussion Theatre). Shakespeare Birthday Lecture. Atwater Library, Montreal, April 23 2012.

Principal author and co-presenter. “Oh What a Piece of Work! Shakespeare at Work.” A presentation and performance with Paul Hopkins (Repercussion Theatre). Rewritten and expanded version of “William Shakespeare, Mechanical.” Jewish Public Library Annual Gala. Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, Montreal, June 14 2012.

Lead organizer. “Thinking Art.” IPLAI event. Sid Lee Boot Camp, Montreal, Sept 15 2012. With http://www.mcgill.ca/iplai/events/thinking-art

Co-creator, Macbeth in Hell: A Cabaret. With Paul Hopkins and Matthias Maute. Festival Baroque Montreal, June 26 2011.

Current research: 

Single-author book project, Making Publics in Shakespeare’s Playhouse. In progress.

Introductions to Shakespeare’s Mature Comedies, in the Bankside Complete Works of William Shakespeare (revision of The Riverside Shakespeare). General Editor Douglas Bruster.

Principal author and co-presenter. “Shakespeare’s Leading Women: What the World’s Greatest Playwright can Teach us about Leadership.” With Lucy Peacock. International Leadership Association—15th Annual Global Conference. Montreal, Nov 1 2013.

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