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Wes Folkerth

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Email address: 
wes [dot] folkerth [at] mcgill [dot] ca

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

Faculty Members
Associate Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies
Drama and Theatre
Arts 140-A

B.A. (Cal State University, Chico); M.A., Ph.D. (McGill), Associate Professor

Early Modern
Seventeenth Century
Teaching areas: 

Shakespeare, his critical, social, theatrical and cinematic history; Disability Studies in early modern literature and popular culture.

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • Louis Dudek Award for Excellence in Teaching (2003)
  • FCAR Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Prix d'Excellence de l'Académie des Grands Montréalais
Selected publications: 


Co-editor with Leslie Dunn of “Shakespearean Hearing,” special Issue of The Upstart Crow: A Shakespeare Journal. (29): 2010.

“Goodfellows: Hockey, Shakespeare, and Indigenous Spirits in Tomson Highway’s Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing.” In Canadian Shakespeare, ed. Susan Knutson. Toronto: Playwright’s Canada Press, 2010. 199-206.

“Pietro Aretino, Thomas Nashe, and Early Modern Rhetorics of Public Address,” in Making Publics in Early Modern Europe: People Things, Forms of Knowledge, eds Bronwen Wilson and Paul Yachnin. New York: Routledge, 2009. 68-80.

“Shakespeare in Popular Music.” Section of multivolume work Shakespeares After Shakespeare: An Encyclopedia of the Bard in Mass Media and Popular Culture. Gen. Ed. Richard Burt. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 2006. 366-407.

“Tempaurality in Twelfth Night.” In Aural Cultures, editor Jim Drobnick.  YYZ Books, 2004. 120-26.

The Sound of Shakespeare (2002). See the book online.

"The Metamorphosis of Daphnis: The Case for Richard Barnfield's 'Orpheus.'" In The Affectionate Shepherd: Celebrating Richard Barnfield. Eds. George Klawitter and Ken Borris. Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania: Susquehanna UP, 2001: 305-31.

“Roll Over Shakespeare: Bardolatry Meets Beatlemania in the Spring of 1964.” Journal of American Culture, 23.4 (winter) 2000: 75-80.

Current research: 

My current research combines Disability Studies and Shakespeare Studies — specifically, representations of neurodiversity and intellectual disability on the early modern stage, with a focus on natural and artificial fools, changelings, rustics and clowns, the insane, and melancholic.