Postdoctoral Fellowship in Shakespeare Studies


Published: 10Nov2011

The Shakespeare and Performance Research Team, Department of English, McGill University, seeks a postdoctoral fellow to join a research program (2012-2016) entitled, “Shakespeare and the Play of Story.” The program will develop a new, interdisciplinary account of the artistic, social, intellectual, and historical dimensions of Shakespearean narrative by bringing together theatre history and practice, literary scholarship, legal and historiographical theory, and moral and aesthetic philosophy. For more information, please see

The Shakespeare Team is headquartered at McGill and also includes members from Concordia University, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Carleton University, and Repercussion Theatre. Among the members of the team are Shakespearean scholars such as Michael Bristol, Meredith Evans, Wes Folkerth, and Paul Yachnin as well as theatre scholars and practitioners such as Patrick Leroux, Patrick Neilson, and Myrna Wyatt Selkirk. For the “Play of Story” program, the team is joined by a number of scholars in other disciplines, including David Davies (Philosophy), Martin Kreiswirth (English; Theory), Desmond Manderson (Law), and Mark Salber Phillips (History).

The Postdoctoral Fellow’s primary task will be to develop his or her research and publication in consultation and exchange with the members of the Shakespeare Team; secondarily, he or she will serve as the postdoctoral RA and will work closely with the team leader on planning and coordinating team research, workshops, and outreach activities, thereby contributing to the program and also gaining professionalization experience. The Fellow might also have opportunities to teach in his or her area of specialization.

The start date for the year-long position is August 1, 2012. There is the possibility of a one-year renewal. Candidates will have a PhD in Shakespeare studies and/or Early Modern English Literature. The fellowship stipend will be approximately $30,000 per annum. Applications, consisting of a description of research program, writing sample, and CV must be sent by email by March 1 2012 to Paul Yachnin, Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies, McGill University at paul.yachnin [at] Please arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the same email address by the March 1 deadline. Candidates should ask referees to include the candidate’s name on the subject line of the email.

Note that this Postdoctoral Fellowship is subject to funding

Contact Information

Prof. Paul Yachnin
Department of English
paul.yachnin [at]
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