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
University of Toronto, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of British Columbia
- 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
Making Publics in Shakespeare’s Playhouse. Edinburgh: University of Edinburgh Press, forthcoming, 2017.
Shakespeare’s World of Words. Ed. Paul Yachnin. Arden Shakespeare. London: Bloomsbury, 2015.
Forms of Association: Making Publics in Early Modern Europe. Ed. Paul Yachnin and Marlene Eberhart. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2015.
Making Publics in Early Modern Europe: People, Things, Forms of Knowledge. Ed. Bronwen Wilson and Paul Yachnin. London and New York: Routledge, 2010; paperback, Routledge, 2011.
Shakespeare and Character: Theory, History, Performance, and Theatrical Persons. Ed. Paul Yachnin and Jessica Slights. London: Palgrave, 2009.
Shakespeare and the Eighteenth Century. Ed. Peter Sabor and Paul Yachnin. London: Ashgate, 2008.
Shakespeare and the Cultures of Performance. Ed. Paul Yachnin and Patricia Badir. London: Ashgate, 2008.
The Culture of Playgoing in Shakespeare’s England: A Collaborative Debate. With Anthony Dawson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001; paperback, Cambridge University Press, 2005.
Stage-wrights: Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton and the Making of Theatrical Value. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1997.
The Tempest: An Edition. Broadview Press and Internet Shakespeare Editions. Co-edited with Brent Whitted. Online edition 2012; print edition, forthcoming 2017.
Richard II. Oxford Shakespeare; World’s Classics. Co-edited with Anthony Dawson. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.
Meeting of Gallants at an Ordinary and Plato's Cap. In The Complete Works of Thomas Middleton. Ed. Gary Taylor and John Lavagnino. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
“The Laws of Measure for Measure.” In Shakespeare and Judgment. Ed Kevin Curran. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2016.
“The Publicity of the Look: Cymbeline and the Visual Field.” In Shakespeare in our Time: A Shakespeare Association of America Companion. London: Bloomsbury, 2016.
“Slips of Wilderness: Verbal and Gestural Language in Measure for Measure. With Patrick Neilson. In Shakespeare’s World of Words. London: Bloomsbury, 2015. 187-210.
“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.
“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.
“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 and the Spaces of Publicity.” Opinion publica y espacio urbano en la Edad Moderna. Ed. Carmen Serrano Sanchez. Gijon: Ediciones Trea, 2010. 15-24.
“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.
“Metatheatre and Character: The Winter’s Tale.” Co-authored with Myrna Wyatt Selkirk. In Shakespeare and Character: Theory, History, Performance, and Theatrical Persons. Ed. Paul Yachnin and Jessica Slights. London: Palgrave, 2009. 139-57.
“Looking for Richard II.” In Shakespeare and the Eighteenth Century. Ed. Peter Sabor and Paul Yachnin. London: Ashgate, 2008. 121-35.
“Sheepishness in The Winter’s Tale.” In How to Do Things with Shakespeare: New Approaches, New Essays. Ed. Laurie Maguire. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008. 210-29.
“Eating Montaigne.” In Reading Renaissance Ethics. Ed. Marshall Grossman. New York and London: Routledge, 2007. 157-72.
"Wonder-Effects: Othello’s Handkerchief.” In Staged Properties in Early Modern English Drama. Ed. Natasha Korda and Jonathan Gil Harris. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. 316-34.
“Rejoicing in the Law: The Performance of Authorship in A View from the Bridge.” Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 60.1 (2012): 77-89.
With Desmond Manderson. “Shakespeare and Judgment: The Renewal of Law and Literature.” The European Legacy, 15 (2010): 195–213.
“’The Perfection of Ten’: Populuxe Art and Artisanal Value in Troilus and Cressida.” Shakespeare Quarterly, 56 (2005): 306-25.
“Reversal of Fortune: Shakespeare, Middleton, and the Puritans.” ELH 70 (2003): 757-86.
"Scandalous Trades: Middleton's The Witch, the 'Populuxe' Market, and the Politics of Theatre." Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England 12 (1999): 218-35.
"Personations: The Taming of the Shrew and the Limits of Theoretical Criticism. Early Modern Literary Studies 2.1 (1996): 2.1-31.
"Magical Properties: Vision, Possession, and Wonder in Othello. Theatre Journal 48 (1996): 197-208.
"Shakespeare's Politics of Loyalty: Sovereignty and Subjectivity in Antony and Cleopatra." Studies in English Literature 33.2 (Spring 1993): 343-63.
"The Politics of Theatrical Mirth: A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Mad World, My Masters, and Measure for Measure." Shakespeare Quarterly 43.1 (Spring 1992): 51-66.
"The Powerless Theatre." English Literary Renaissance 21.1 (Winter 1991): 49-74.
Reports and Policy Publications
With Desmond Manderson. “Treating HPHD Disorder—Shakespeare, Law, and Public Life.” Cogent Arts & Humanities, November 2016. https://www.cogentoa.com/collection/humanities-research-shakespeare-and-...
“Where are our PhDs are? A Report on the TRaCE Project.” University Affairs, May 17 2016. http://www.universityaffairs.ca/opinion/in-my-opinion/where-are-our-phd-...
“The Crisis in the Humanities: What would Shakespeare do?” Humanities 2016, 5(2), May 18 2016. http://www.mdpi.com/2076-0787/5/2/31
“Rethinking the Humanities PhD.” University Affairs, April 2015.
“Making Scholarship Public: Collaboration and Interdisciplinarity in Early Modern Studies.” Renaissance and Reformation, 37 (2014): 115-29.
With Leigh Yetter. “The Future of the PhD in the Humanities.” Policy Options, Nov-Dec 2014.
Lead author. White Paper on the Future of the PhD in the Humanities. Dec 2013. https://mcgill.ca/iplai/sites/mcgill.ca.iplai/files/white_paper_on_the_future_of_the_phd_in_the_humanities_dec_2013_1.pdf
Research-Creation and Public Exchange (selected)
- “The Sublime Power of Conversion.” Lobby Talk, Stratford Shakespeare Festival. Stratford, Ontario. June 23 2016.
- “Is Shakespeare Still Relevant?” Interview and call-in show, CBC Radio Montreal. April 22 2016.
- Co-creator (with Amanda Kellock), panelist, and performer. “Bloody Caesar: Gender, Revolution, Violence.” With four actors from Repercussion Theatre’s all-female Julius Caesar, directed by Kellock. Also with Tina Packer. Blue Met / Metropolis Bleu Festival. Montreal, April 16 2016.
- Lead creator and presenter, with Patricia Badir and Deborah Hay. “Changing Kate: The Taming of the Shrew.” Stratford Shakespeare Festival Forum. Stratford Ontario. June 14 2015. Early Modern Conversions public exchange event.
- Lead creator and presenter, with Torrance Kirby and Colm Feore. Souls under Pressure: King Lear. Stratford Shakespeare Festival Forum. Stratford Ontario. August 17 2014. Early Modern Conversions public exchange event.
- Dramaturgic Consultant. Harry the King: The Famous Victories of Henry V. Repercussion Theatre, Shakespeare-in-the-Park. Montreal. July and August 2014.
- Co-presenter with Stephen Wittek. “Eye of Newt and Toe of Frog: An Ironic Shakespeare Breakfast.” Blue Met / Metropolis Bleu Festival. Montreal, May 3 2014.
- Consultant. “Operatic Shakespeare: Opera Scenes based on Shakespeare.” An evening of scenes by Shakespeare set side by side with scenes from Shakespeare-inspired opera, directed by Patrick Hansen (Opera McGill) and Paul Hopkins (Repercussion Theatre / Shakespeare in the Park), McGill University, March 21 2014. IPLAI collaborative event.
- Co-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.