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Fiona Ritchie

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514-398-4400 Ext 09995
Email address: 
fiona [dot] ritchie [at] mcgill [dot] ca

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

Faculty Members
Associate Professor
Drama and Theatre
Arts 325

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

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)
    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)