Fiona Ritchie

 Fiona Ritchie
Contact Information
514 398 4401
Email address: 
fiona.ritchie [at]

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

Faculty Members
Director of Graduate Studies & Associate Professor
Drama and Theatre
Areas of expertise: 



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

Drama and Theatre
Eighteenth Century
Teaching areas: 

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

Taught previously at: 

King’s College London

Selected publications: 



Women and Shakespeare in the Eighteenth Century (Cambridge University Press, 2014).

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


“Joanna Baillie: The Female Shakespeare”, Women Making Shakespeare: Text, Reception and Performance, eds. Gordon McMullan, Lena Cowen Orlin and Virginia Mason Vaughan (London: Bloomsbury, 2013), 143-52.

“Shakespeare and the Star Actress on the Eighteenth-Century Regional Stage”, Journal of the Wooden O 12 (2013): 57-65.

“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 Garrick”, Shakespeare 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.

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

Newsletter Articles and Blog Posts:

“The Gendering of Emotion in the Eighteenth-Century Theatre”, Centre for the History of Emotions E-Newsletter, December 2014. 

“Emotional Shakespeare on the Eighteenth-Century Stage”, Histories of Emotion: From Medieval Europe to Contemporary Australia (Centre for the History of Emotions blog), 13 November 2014. 

“Exploring the Theatre History of the Eighteenth Century: My Experience of Curating an Exhibition on Johnson and the Theatre”, Johnsonian News Letter 59:1 (March 2008): 35-41.


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:

Women and regional theatre in Britain and Ireland, 1642-1832.

Emotional contagion in theatre audiences.

Research Groups:

Shakespeare and Performance Research Team (website)

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

Awards, honours, and fellowships: 
  • SSHRC Insight Grant (2014-2019)
  • Early Career International Research fellowship, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (2014)
  • 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)
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